Información en español sobre las bicicletas: A compilation of bicycling resources in Spanish

For resources in other languages, and a bit more in Spanish, click here

A continuación aparecen muchos otros recursos útiles de otras fuentes. Below are many helpful resources from others.

One or more updates last made to this compilation on 19 janvier 2020 / 19 January 2020. For additional updates, contact Bicycling Monterey or the resources cited (which come from other California counties and other states of the U.S., as well as Mexico, South America, and Canada).  Refer to copyright notes in Section 7. 

Bicycling Monterey’s Spanish resources compilation, created in 2010, was the first such compilation nationwide and is used by people of other nations too. Muchas gracias to all partnering with us on this work.

Esta niña sabe que las tiendas de ciclismo locales gustosamente inflarán sus llantas. Aunque muchos niños son bilingües, sus padres por lo general aprecian la opción de poder hablar en español con los empleados de las tiendas de ciclismo locales. Vea una lista de estas tiendas en la Sección 1 a continuación.

This little girl knows local bike shops are happy to put air in your tires.  While many children are bilingual, often their parents appreciate being able to talk with Spanish-speaking staff at local bike shops. See a list of those in Section 1 below.

Vamos a montar en bicicleta! Let’s ride a bicycle!

* *  Presente un informe anónimo sobre colisiones de tráfico y problemas generales de seguridad de tráfico en California* *

Looking for these?

Un video en español que muestra una de las muchas empresas y organizaciones bilingües que participan en el proyecto HER Helmet Thursdays:
 (Quiere decir el jueves, no lunes.) 

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La infraestructura como arte: Castroville bicicleta / puente peatonal y ferrocarril cruzando sobre

Why a Spanish resources section?

Bicycling Monterey is very grateful for the work of bike advocates and others who have made this resource compilation possible.

Why? In Monterey County, many people speak Spanish as their primary language at home. For these families, their school-aged children and teens more often have bilingual skills than the adults do, just as is common in local families who primarily speak English.

One goal of this section is to make it easier for children and teens to discuss bike skills, safety, and other bicycling-related topics with parents, grandparents, and others who are fluent only in Spanish. Another goal is to make make it easier for bike advocates,  professionals in education, health care, law enforcement, and other fields to support more people in biking.

The U.S. Census report on Monterey County states: “Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2011-2015: 53.6%.” It was reported 5/12/11 in the Monterey County Herald that about 55% of students  speak Spanish as their primary language at home.

For input from Monterey County on the Alliance for Biking & Walking’s 10/22/14 Mutual Aid call, click here, then scroll to 7:55-16:55 in the recording of that call.

Thanks to Kera Abraham, Kevin Smith, and the Monterey County Weekly for the chart below, published in the June 9, 2011 Monterey County Weekly.

Chart below © Monterey County Weekly. Latino-Hispanic demographics Monterey County - 2005-2009 info

Note: Pebble Beach, a private community, is not included in the chart.

Did you know? Monterey County is considered by many as the Language Capital of the World. The trademarked slogan was approved by the U.S. Library of Congress; click here for background.  The top indigenous languages spoken in Monterey County are Triqui, Mixteco, Zapoteco and Chatino–all native to Oaxaca, México; see a related resource, Indigenous Interpreting +. (If you are interested in a video presentation in these indigenous languages that shares a summary of CA bike laws, riding skills, safety tips, please contact me.)

Okay, on with the Spanish resources…

This webpage includes:

  • Sección 1:  Monterey County and Monterey Bay region resources.
  • Sección 2:  Las legas en California y consejos de seguridad/The laws in California and safety tips. Por ejemplo/For example:  en bicicleta de noche,se requiere el siguiente equipo/equipment required on bicycles ridden at night; las aceras/sidewalks; en California, toda persona de menos de 18 años de edad que ande en bicicleta debe usar un casco;  in California, bicycle riders under the age of 18 must wear a helmet; y mas/and more. 
  • Sección 3:  More resources for Monterey County and beyond.  These resources come from other California counties, from other states in the U.S., and from Mexico, South America, and Canada.  They include additional bike skills/safety and other tips, maps, Safe Routes to School info, and other resources useful to Spanish-speaking people here and elsewhere.
  • Sección 4:  Mostly out-of-print 4-H resources.
  • Sección 5:  Acknowledgements.
  • Sección 6:  Closing notes.
  • Sección 7:  Copyright reminder.

informacion en espanol - condado de monterey

Primero, a few notes:
  1. This webpage, “en español,”  was first created for use by Spanish-speaking bicyclists in Monterey County. Spread the word by downloading and sharing the above 2-to-a-page flierSpanish half-page flier (Información en español sobre las bicicletas)
  2. This webpage was expanded to also serve as a resource for others who care about the safety and enjoyment of  Spanish-speaking bicyclists in Monterey County and elsewhere.
  3. School teachers and administrators, police officers, health care providers, bike advocates doing outreach to Latinos/Hispanics, and others will likely appreciate your bringing these resources to their attention. Sharing resources helps us all accomplish more, even moreso in these times of severe budget cuts.
  4. Importante:  Por favor, see “Copyright: Tenga en cuenta” at the bottom of this webpage.
About the links on this page:
  • Some of the links on this page go directly to a page of Spanish text on a different website.  Others require downloading a PDF.  If your computer is not set up to download a PDF, you may download a free copy of Adobe Reader on the Adobe site.  Or contact me regarding the information you need.
  • There are also a few video links on this page, which will require Flash or Windows Media Player, etc.
  • Lo siento, any links on this page that go to other pages on the Bicycling Monterey website will lead to pages en inglés.  If you might like to help translate some of those pages, please contact me.

Above:   Seaside PAL Bike Fair included lots of live entertainment.

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Lo siento, mostly in English:

More from Radio Bilingue:

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¡Bici! ¡Bici!

David Aguilar – La cumbia de la bici – Youtube. Click here.

(Gracias, mi amigo  Jess Martinez.)

Sección 1:

Monterey County/Monterey Bay


  1. City of Salinas – Bicycle Facilities Map – EnglishEspañol (pdf, 12.59 MB)  Mapa De Las Instalaciones Para Bicicletas (Esp) (PDF) (12.52 MB)
  2. California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) – English and Spanish  PDF embedded here to avoid misdirected link:  CSUMB Bike Map 27 July 2011/August 2011 – CMYK (Any updated versions will likely be linked on this CSUMB page.)
  3. Monterey County Bike Map  (2016 – bilingual, Spanish-English)  Monterey County
  4. En inglés: Fort Ord Public Lands trail map – Go to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) website’s Hollister Field Office section.  Once there, see “Maps,” then look at the Central Coast section.   There you’ll find four different versions of the Ford Ord Public Lands trails map:  8.5 x 11 and 11 x 17, both with color and black-and-white options.

Mas mapas for California, many en español, are provided later on this web page.

Links for all California bike maps are in the Maps section of the Tips for Bicycling Monterey County guide.


Bicycle shops in Monterey County with Spanish-speaking staff

¿Habla usted español?

Who are Monterey County’s most fluently bilingual bike shop professionals? Find them in the following Bicycling Monterey post:

Bilingual Spanish-English bike shop professionals in Monterey County, and other resources en español

There are also people in Monterey County helping youth develop bike repair skills, including at the Monterey County Youth Center and at Rancho Cielo Youth Campus.

Read, in Spanish, about the leadership of Salinas resident Luciano Rodriguez in this regard; click here for “Excelencia en el ámbito del ciclismo de Salinas,”  POR ROBERTO M. ROBLEDO | EL SOL, 11/1/4.  (For English, click here.)

¿Habla usted español? 

Public libraries in Monterey County with Spanish-speaking staff

Ask a librarian! Looking up information on the web is so common today that many people have forgotten about an extraordinary information resource, and one of our communities’ best assets:  reference librarians at local public libraries!

If you cannot find the local bike information you need, send an email to one of these libraries (links provided below).  Or, phone or make an in-person visit and see if one of the reference or other librarians listed below is available.  Time permitting, the librarians are happy to give you research help (gratis), by searching this website or other resources for the information you need.

  1. City of Monterey Public Library (click here for home page en español).  Para más información, hable con el personal de Servicios de Referencia (via email) al 831.646.3933 y ask for Ben.
  2. For the Monterey County Free Libraries system, Seaside branch is the main reference desk.  You may send a question via email through the Monterey County Free Libraries website.  Or, contact librarians at these branches:
  • Carmel Valley – Phone (831-659-2377) or go in person (65 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley), and ask for Jennifer.
  • Castroville – (831) 769-8724.  11160 Speegle Street, Castroville. Ask for Irene, Yanet, or Cecelia.
  • Gonzales – (831) 675-2209.  851 Fifth Street, Gonzales.  Ask for Thomas.
  • Greenfield  – (831) 674-2614.  315 El Camino Real, Greenfield Ask for Evelyn or Jessica.
  • Marina – (831) 883-7507.  190 Seaside Circle, Marina.  Simply ask for the Spanish-speaking staff member.
  • This new section about librarians was added to this web page 24 Sept 2011 and is not yet complete.  Contacts for more branches may be added.  Libraries with Spanish-speaking staff not yet on this list are encouraged to contact me.

Of course, with all libraries, a change in staffing may mean a Spanish speaker named above may no longer be available.  Please let me know if ever you are aware of any such staff changes not yet posted to this webpage.

El Sol – The Californian’s Spanish edition

The Californian is the newspaper of the Monterey County seat, Salinas. Most of its non-opinion pieces are translated and published in El Sol. Here’s an example:

Who bikes Greenfield? Estevan Rojas does, nearly every day. “Bicycling changed my life around, ” this U.S. Marine Corps veteran says.   Read Valentin Mendoza’s  “Recorrido ciclista para veteranos,” in the Salinas Californian’s El Sol. (For English, see Dave Nordstrand’s story in the Californian,

Bike-and-ride option:  The MST Bus, shown here at the Downtown Monterey Transit Center

In Monterey County, one of the most popular bike-and-ride options is the Monterey-Salinas Transit/MST – The Bus.

¿Habla usted español? 

MST/ “The Bus” in Monterey County has Spanish-speaking staff

  • en MST habalamos español
  • Horarios (8 am-5 pm, Lunes-Viernes)
  • 1-888-MST-BUS1 (1-888-678-2871)
  • E-mail:
Contact MST for any updates to the information provided here.
Directly below, you may download a PDF no longer on the MST website; then refer to page 18 for bike-loading instructions/instrucciones para cargar bicicletas:

Bikes ride gratis with a paying passenger.

Important: When you reach your destination, leave by the front door.  Ask the driver to wait while you unload your bicycle. (Google translation:  Al salir del autobús, avise al operador de que se le quitar su bicicleta. Salir por la puerta principal.)

Detailed info en inglés on taking your bike aboard an MST bus is provide in Bicycling Monterey’s bike-and-ride section.  The Bicycling Monterey’s bike-and-ride detailed tips en inglés have been approved by MST staff. 

MST’s  consejos de tránsito / transit tips include “bicicletas en los autobuses” y “instrucciones de bicicleta de carga.”  However, the MST site is computer-translated by Google Translate, so may not be entirely clear/accurate. Nontheless, it is pasted in below,  for your ease of referral.

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© Monterey-Salinas Transit (retrieved 22 Oct 2014)

Bicicletas en los Autobuses

Bicicletas viajan gratis con el pago de los pasajeros en todos los autobuses de MST. Dos bicicletas caben en la rejilla delantera y dos en el área de aseguramiento de sillas de ruedas, a discreción del operador del entrenador. IMPORTANTE:. Asegúrese de preguntar al operador técnico que esperar para que usted pueda descargar la bicicleta cuando salga el autobús
. Monterey-Salinas Transit no será responsable por cualquier daño a la propiedad o lesiones corporales causadas por la carga y descarga de las bicicletas
Tenga en cuenta que algunos vehículos MST Trolley no están equipados para dar cabida a las bicicletas.

  • Bicicletas de más de 80 centímetros (6,5 pies) y superior a 54 centímetros (4,5 pies) no serán permitidos en el portabicicletas.
  • El peso total colocado en el estante de la bici no excederá de 250 libras.
  • Las bicicletas con motores eléctricos, se admitirán siempre y cuando la batería externa se monta de forma segura, sellado, y del tipo a prueba de derrames. Se prohíben bicicletas con baterías no selladas de células húmeda (como la mayoría de las baterías de coche o moto).
  • Se prohíben las bicicletas motorizadas con motores a gas de cualquier tipo.

Bike Instrucciones de Carga

Usted es responsable de cargar y descargar su bicicleta correctamente. Retire los portabebés, maletas y otros artículos de equipaje antes de que llegue autobús. Cargue siempre del lado de la acera del autobús.

  • Alertar al operador que tiene la intención de cargar su bicicleta, luego baje el cesto tirando del asa.
  • Levante su bicicleta en el rack.
  • Levante el brazo de soporte hacia arriba y sobre el neumático delantero.
  • Siéntese cerca de la parte delantera del autobús y mantener un ojo en su bicicleta.
  • Al bajar del autobús, por favor avise al operador de que usted va a sacar su bicicleta. Salir por la puerta delantera.
  • Eleve el bastidor a la posición vertical.

Para más consejos en bicicleta, visitar

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Above:  National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, is near the Salinas Transit Center.

Additional tips for Monterey Bay tri-county region

(Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties)

Open Streets – Ciclovía Gonzales y Ciclovía Salinas
Para más informaciónCiclovía Gonzales, 9 Septiembre 2018
Para más información: Ciclovía Salinas, 7 Octubre 2018

en españolCiclovía Salinas – Reglas de comportamiento y la Ley (v2) y en inglés Ciclovia Salinas Etiquette – Share with everyone! (v6)
Gracias to Joshua Ezekiel for recording his video text in English y en español.

Poster below © Ciclovía Salinas.


Sea Otter Classic

Nota de prensa: Sea Otter Classic fechas del evento de 2014. – El anual Sea Otter Classic vuelve al  Laguna Seca Recreation Area de California del 10 al 13 abril 2014

Ciclocross, carreras de bicicleta de carretera, carreras de mountain bike, gran fondo, sin bicicleta, y festival, 10-13 abril 2014 el Sea Otter Classic!

  1. Monterey County
  2. San Benito County
  3. Santa Cruz County

A video is available about neighboring Santa Cruz County’s bike map.  Although the video is en inglés, it may still be helpful to Spanish speakers. To access that video, and  links for all California bike maps, go to the Maps section of the Tips for Bicycling Monterey County guide.

San Benito County – Safe Routes to School leadership

San Benito County is a leader in our region, providing,en español y en inglés, Safe Routes to School maps.  Check them out here:

“El condado de San Benito Rideshare está trabajando siempre para mejorar el acceso y la seguridad para los ciclistas y los peatones en nuestra comunidad. Usted podría enviar un mensaje por correo electrónico a Verónica Lezama, Coordinadora de Rideshare o llamarnos al (831) 637-POOL.”

Santa Cruz County – Regional Transportation Commission (RTC)

en español – Watch a 12/9/11 video about the roles and functions of the Santa Cruz Regional Transportation Commission.

Próspero Año Nuevo 2012! A Santa Cruz County family arriving in Pacific Grove.
Annual tri-county Monterey Bay region events
Posters, in Spanish and English, of Monterey County Bike Month activities highlighted by the Transportation Agency for Monterey County can be downloaded at:
Bike Week/Bike Month/Bike to Work Day and more

When it gets updated, you can sometimes access all three of the tri-county Monterey Bay region’s bike celebrations at: (In spite of the name, this website connects you with much more than just Bike to Work info. There’s Bike to School, Bike to Worship, and many other bike resources for each county.)

Condado de Monterey Mes de las bicicletas Mayo de 2014 – para español:  Monterey County Bike Month 2014 [desplácese hacia abajo:]

  1. en inglés – Monterey County –
  2. en español  – San Benito County –
  3. en inglés – Santa Cruz County –
 Condado de Monterey Mes de las bicicletas Mayo de 2014 – para español, desplácese hacia abajo:

Monterey County Bike Month 2014 poster © Transportation Agency for Monterey County

Monterey County Bike Month 2014 poster EnglishCondado de Monterey Mes de las bicicletas Mayo de 2014

en inglés

Poster  © Transportation Agency for Monterey County

Inspiración:  Do you commute to work by bike?  Be inspired by other cyclists!

Dave Sotero: En bicicleta el viaje a la oficina es más barato, saludable y sin contaminar

Sección 2:

Las legas en California y

consejos de seguridad

The laws in California and safety tips

The Monterey County Sheriff, Scott Miller, is fluently bilingual (Spanish-English). Click here for some background. Sheriff Miller and his wife, Jane Miller, enjoy riding bikes together, as do so many couples in Monterey County–like the one below.

Monterey County is also fortunate to have the police department in its county seat and largest city, Salinas, to be the first PD on the West Coast 100% trained in police legitimacy and procedural justice. Click here to learn more, as well as to read about the bike-friendliness of Salinas PD and many other Monterey County cops. Some local cops are bilingual Spanish-English– e.g., Salinas police officers Richard Lopez and Raul Rosales, who serve the Hebbron Heights neighborhood of East Salinas.

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Hey, a bicycle isn’t a motor vehicle!  True.  Still, bicycle laws are among California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) regulations, so it’s important to know these laws.

The DMV website includes Reglas y seguridad para ciclistas /Bicycle Rules and Safety page.  It has  links to Vehicle Code sections for bicycles–as well as the bicycles section of the DMV Driver Handbook–and a variety of related information.  Unfortunately, as of 10/18/11, the main DMV page is available in Spanish, but some pages it links to–such as the  Equipment Requirements web page–are  only available in English/“Disponible sólo en inglés.” 

Leyes de ciclismo de California – Gracias, Orange County Transportation Authority

en español y en inglés:Leyes de ciclismo de CA – Laws for bicyclists in CA (Spanish, English) – Summary

Special thanks to Jon LeMaster of Orange County Transportation Authority (  for granting Bicycling Monterey permission to use OCTA’s Spanish translation of a portion of the California Vehicle Code. This translation was used in creating our summary of California bike laws, much needed in Monterey County.

The PDF above includes:  en bicicleta de noche se requiere el siguiente equipo / equipment required on bicycles ridden at night. Those essential details about lights and reflectors/night riding requirements and more were found under the heading “Leyes de ciclismo de California“/”California Vehicle Code” in the Orange County Transportation Authority ( brochure “Explora Orange County“:  English / SpanishSome other info in that brochure may also be of interest to people outside Orange County too.  Muchas gracias, OCTA!

Regarding bicycle headlamps, they need not be expensive.  Rigging a bright flashlight, such as an inexpensive mini mag light, to your handlebars can be easy to do.  Photos and tips are provided here (lo siento, en inglés).

From the California Highway Patrol (CHP)

Spanish and English versions of the Bicycle Riding pamphlet may be available from your local CHP; however, they are often older editions.  To get the most current information, refer to the CHP website’s Community Outreach section, which provides the most current printable PDFs. Go here:

Download 6-page PDF:


En California, toda persona de menos de 18 años de edad que ande en bicicleta debe usar un casco.
In California, bicycle riders under the age of 18 must wear a helmet.

Below, Tina Rosa of the Seaside Police Department’s PAL program.  Tina coordinated the May 2011  Seaside PAL Bike Fair and helmet giveaway.

Bicycle Helmet Fit Guide
First, an excellent resource for all things helmets is, which includes some info in Spanish:

en español: 

Fitting a Bicycle Helmet Right

Fitting a Bicycle Helmet (Ajuste del casco de bicicleta) video

Also see DOT, NHTSA, and Tucson-Puma sections below.

Above: A little visitor on the Alvarado Mall (between Custom House and Portola Plazas), Monterey.

Whoops! Helmet isn’t covering the forehead. See “fit” tips above.

The intention for this webpage is to share many different types of Spanish-language bicycle resources.  Helmets are included, although they are not the sole focus here.  However, the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute– in Arlington, Virginia–the helmet advocacy program of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association–does focus on helmets.  Their site includes resources not found on this webpage, such as Spanish flash cards for teaching children bike safety.

Below – Seaside PAL Bike Fair, May 2011

Below:  Frank Henderson, safety instructor, coaching a beauty queen at the Seaside PAL Bike Fair, May 2011

More Safety Info

Lo siento, the Bicycling Monterey website’s Personal Safety section is only available in English.  However, the Spanish-language safety resources referred to in that section are also provided throughout this web page.

Las aceras/Sidewalks

What about riding on the sidewalk?  Sometimes that is illegal, and it is usually not safe either.  That is discussed in the Bicycling Monterey’s Riding Skills, Personal Safety, and California Bike Laws section.  Until that is translated, note:  Algunas ciudades y condados prohiben andar en bicicleta sobre banquinas o aceras.  (Some cities and counties prohibit riding bicycles on sidewalks.)  Others prohibit persons over a certain age riding on the sidewalk.

For the City of Salinas (with tips for elsewhere too), see – The Californian article linked there may be translated and available in El Sol.

A helpful resource is:

From the Active Living Resource Center

English Version – Bicycle Safety – What Every Parent Should Know
Spanish Version – Seguridad en Bicicleta–Lo que todo padre debe saber (en español)

From Ecology Action of Santa Cruz:

SIGN - by big truck) Camino Aguajito yield to bikes (2)

From the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and Volusia Transportation Planning Organization (FL):

Watch this 18-minute video, Walk and Ride:  Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

Via Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC)

Watch this video en español y en inglésTransportandose en Bicicleta/Getting There by Bike, a Bicycle Safety video produced by Jeanne LePage, formerly of UC Santa Cruz, now of Ecology Action, Santa Cruz.  You may also be able to obtain from Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC) a copy on DVD.  Contact SCCRTC to inquire about present availability.

Funding for Jeanne’s video was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  See more NHTSA resources below.

From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Hispanics & Bicycle Safety

From the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) – Federal Highway Administration

Materiales para promocionar la seguridad de peatones y ciclistas hispanos

Materials for Hispanic Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Cal Trans – General Info – Proporcionando Transporte de Calidad a la Costa Central de California

Plan para Bicicletas y Peatones del Estado de California (CSBPP)

en el área de la peninsula de Monterey: (831) 372-0862

Para información en español, lláme a Susana Zavala, portavoz de relaciones públicas al: (805) 549-3138, o escríbale a:

Departamento de Transporte de California, Distrito 5
50 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-5415

Para información  en inglés, lláme a

Penny Gray, Bicycle Program Manager

Departamento de Transporte de California
Office of Special and Discretionary Programs Division of Local Assistance Penny Gray 916- 653-2750 e-mail:* * * * *

A continuación aparecen muchos otros recursos útiles de otras fuentes.  

Below are more helpful resources from others…

Below, cyclist on Fremont Avenue in Seaside

Sección 3:

More resources for

Monterey County and Beyond

In Seaside, a Kids Bike Safety event, including a ride around the lake, is planned for ages K-5 on 17 May 2013.   Download posters and spread the word!
5-17-13 Bike Seaside – English5-17-13 Bici Seaside – espanol

CycloFemme is dubbed a Global Women’s Cycling Day. Their pledge “to inspire one more woman to ride a bike”  is now available in:

Below, a resident of East Salinas.

East Salinas shopper

Be inspired by the work of other communities:
  1. League of American Bicyclists / Bike League: May 20, 2019: 2014: Report from Bike League – see “Bike Equity Today” post, then download the report, a 66-page PDF. May 2013:The New Majority: Pedaling Towards Equity (click here for announcement)” from the Sierra Club and the League of American Bicyclists/Bike League has relevance for Monterey County and our tri-county Monterey Bay region. “The New Majority: Pedaling Towards Equity” (click here for the report) indicates consistent disparities and inequities in the manner in which people of color, women, and youth — including groups that are bicycling at higher rates and have more to gain in terms of bike benefits — are engaged in bicycling-related matters. 
  2. Equity is also the theme of the 2015 California Bicycle Coalition summit. #bikes4all
  3. Monterey and San Benito Counties have the highest percentage of undocumented immigrants in California, as reported in an August 3, 2011 San Jose Mercury story by Claudia Melendez Salinas.  “Researchers at the Public Policy Institute of California determined that about 62,000 undocumented immigrants live in Monterey and San Benito counties — 13.5 percent of the population.” (In an October 27, 2011 story, Melendez Salinas reported that Monterey County is the U.S. county with the highest percentage of immigrants who have committed no crime but are detained and deported.)  That 8/3/11 Merc story also reported that “Los Angeles County has the largest number of undocumented immigrants with more than 900,000, or 9.3 percent of the population.” The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) realized in 2008 that Spanish-language bike resources are greatly needed, and even moreso those that are culturally relevant.  This is a need now being met by LACBC’s City of Lights Ciudad De Luces.  (Some of their resources are linked under “Los Angeles” on this webpage.)  “Aussies, others ask: Immigration – What’s up with U.S. policies?” and “ICE Advisory for People Who Bike – Immigrants and Law Enforcement in Monterey County.”
  4. Información relacionada en este sitio web / Related information on this website Inmigrantes / Immigrants: “Haciendo una vida – El conocimiento es poder” / “Making a Life – Knowledge Is Power”

  5. The need was also recognized in other communities (see resources on this webpage), including Amarillo, Texas–see Bringing Bicycle Education to Spanish-Speaking Communities and Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety among Hispanics.
  6. A free Mutual Aid Conference Call about outreach to Spanish-speaking communities was sponsored by the Alliance for Biking and Walking/People-Powered Movement on 9/14/11. This Mutual Aid call featured representatives of the Toronto Cyclists Union, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition. I participated in this call, as I have in other bike-advocacy webinars, and you can too.  Contact the various bike advocacy organizations to see what they are offering, and if you can, give them your support to help them continue their work.  These are the groups that create the resources linked on this page!  (To support the Bicycling Monterey work, click here.)
  7. Our Monterey Bay region neighbors in Watsonville (Santa Cruz County) have created a Bike Shack serving the community.  While not specifically a Spanish-language program, many supporters and participants are Spanish-speaking, and their event posters, etc. are typically bilingual. Watsonville Bike Shack Cooperative is at 
    555 Main Street (behind Ramos furniture), Watsonville;
  8. Our Monterey Bay region neighbors in San Benito County have terrific Safe Routes to Schools maps available, en español y en inglés.  More on Safe Routes below.
  9. For Monterey County users:  Seeing the Spanish-language bike resources from other places can also inspire new resources to be created for Spanish speakers here.  For example, it can support progress toward a local Rutas Más Seguras a la Escuela/Safe Routes to School program. See “Kids Biking to School” regarding related efforts in Monterey County.

en Español – Rutas Más Seguras a la Escuela

Safe Routes to School (Bicycling and Walking)

Monterey County’s Health Department is among those here who sometimes work toward Safe Routes to School.  For inspiration, refer to Oberstar Urges Bicycle Leaders to Seek Support for Safe Routes to School, and check out:

  1.  San Benito County (our neighbor in the Monterey Bay tri-county region), which has Safe Routes to School maps, en español y en inglés. Questions? Verónica Lezama, (831) 637-POOL.
  2. California Contacts and Success Stories, including Chula Vista, Marin, and Riverside,
  3. Sonoma County Safe Routes to School website, which has many Spanish documents available for download, including the Encouragement Resources.
  4. Portland, Oregon’s Safe Routes to School info in Spanish.
  5. Atlanta Bicycle Campaign, Georgiain Spanish:Información Para Los Choferes y Monitores de Los Buses Caminantes – Guidelines for Walking School Bus.
  6. Click here for National Safe Routes to School Spanish resources, and you’ll find:

Street harassment and other bullying are a serious issue for personal well-being and safety. Among the many negative impacts, they often keep children, teens, and adults, male and female, from using active transportation—biking, walking, skating—as well as discouraging use of buses or other public transit. A few related resources in Spanish are linked from Bicycling Monterey’s post “Street Harassment and Other Bullying: Ways to help stop it“—e.g.,  Lidiando con Acosadores and Barbara Coloroso‘s bully-spanish-handout.

Below: Jesse Martines was helping  the Green Pedal Couriers team, which offered free bike repair at the Seaside PAL Bike Fair, May 2011.

From other California counties:

San Diego

San Diego es Mueve Pedaleando – San Diego is Pedal Powered

Benefits of biking are outlined in a fun way in this video from the San Diego Association of Governments, available in 30-second and 90-second lengths.  The song in the background is in English only, but the printed text is displayed in Spanish in these en español versions.

en español 90 sec: San Diego es Mueve Pedaleando

en inglés, 90 sec

en español 30 sec:  San Diego es Mueve Pedaleando

en inglés, 30 sec


Santa Barbara

The Spanish Language Outreach Committee of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition was launching in April 2011 a Community Mobile Bike Shop (Taller Movil Comunitario de Bicicletas).

See Bici Centro/Mechanics

Their Youth Bike/Pedal Power classes include a Spanish-language application form:

Pedal Power: (Junior high & High school students):18 hours of instruction
“Participants learn bike mechanics, confident commuter skills, and go on rides around Santa Barbara. All participants can earn a refurbished bike at the completion of 6 weeks. No experience required.”
English registration forms available here.
Spanish registration forms available here.

Santa Barbara County bike maps:

Los Angeles

Map of Safer Streets for Biking (PDF 7.1MB) – “This map has detailed safer, recommended streets for biking in Central, South-Central, East, and parts of West LA. This is the English version of the following map.”

Mapa de las Calles Más Seguras Para Viajar (PDF 5.5MB) – “Esta es una mapa que describe las calles más seguras para viajar en el Centro, el Sur Centro, el Este y partes de Oeste de la Ciudad de Los Ángeles.”

Guía de Recursos de Bicicleta en Español created by Ciudad De Luces/City of Lights:  Empowering Latino Cyclists Through Community Building, Advocacy, and Education.  Ciudad de Luces was established in 2009 by the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition.  Ciudad de Luces also has La Bici Digna Bike Repair Space (roughly translated as “A Bike Worth Living For”).  Check out their site to learn more!  Below is a video of some of their bike safety outreach; visit their website for details.

Thank you to the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition for this public service announcement.  Learn more.

Another Los Angeles leader: Multicultural Communities for Mobility, a project of Community Partners.  “MCM conducts culturally competent, multilingual safety and advocacy workshops, programs, and campaigns, in coalition with low-income focused groups in the City of Los Angeles.”  See their Spanish resources page:


Orange County Transportation Authority ( is modest–they’ve done a great service to California’s Spanish-speaking cyclists by providing in their brochure some specifics, en español, about the CA Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) equipment requirements!  Find those much-needed details under the heading “Leyes de ciclismo de California“/”California Vehicle Code” in their “Explora Orange County” brochure:  English / Spanish

You can download the full PDF of the Bikeways map below, or you can request a copy of this map by contacting Commuter Connection at or (714)560-5588.

Bikeways Map
download PDF
San Francisco

From the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency/Agencia Municipal de Transporte de San Francisco311 •

San Francisco Guía para Ciclistas/Bicycle Guide
“An illustrated 52-page guide with tips on how to ride your bicycle safely on the City’s streets using diagrams and graphics to help the urban cyclist learn about essential skills – being seen by motorists, communicating with motorists, and riding predictably and confidently as part of traffic flow.”

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

A 16-page guide…

Family Bike Guide

South San Francisco Walking and Biking Map

Manejando bicicleta llega a muchos lugares (y mas): – Download mapa:


El ColectíVelo Un taller comunitario y bilingüe de bicis. – Spanish bilingual community bike shop.

Santa Clara

City of San Jose Street Smarts

Bicycle Safety Tips Flyer (PDF / 24 KB)
“A good resource for any amateur or experienced bicyclist, as well as being beneficial for the entire family. Some of these tips may surprise you!”  This is a handy single sheet (print two-sided) of tips.


These three items were shared by Paul Zykofsky, Associate Director of the Local Government Commission in Sacramento –  These documents are not primarily focused on bicycling.  However, they are included as a resource for Spanish-speaking activists working toward more livable communities, with safer conditions for walking and bicycling.
(Disponible sólo en español.)

From other states of the U.S.


Cambiando Poder: Vídeos de Capacitacíon de Mecánica de Bicicletas / Shifting Power: Bike Mechanics Training Videos, an excellent resource from Bikes Not Bombs, made available free at Please share this resource with others interested in bike repair.


Portland Bureau of Transportation has Spanish bike/walk maps for various parts of the city.  And they have Safe Routes to School info in Spanish.

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance of Portland has Educational Resources, including a brochure:  “Seguro en Bicicleta.” This Safe Biking: Quick Tips color-printed brochure illustrates the basics of on-street riding.  Appropriate for ages 10 to adult.”  Purchase copies.  


Safe Kids Wisconsin fact sheets (PDF)

  • Bicycle safety (English or Spanish). Seguridad en la bicicleta y otros deportes sobre ruedas….
New York

From the state of New York (be aware some guidelines may differ for California), a Bike Smart brochure:


From the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee:

Two videos in Spanish:  (1) Ponte listo, ponte el casco, protege a los tuyos; y (2) Conduce con tus 5 sentidos.

Booklet:  Share the Road Comparta el Camino: Guia para ciclistas y motoristas.


Safe Cyclist Teacher Master Pages from Bike Texas – a range of great resources in Spanish and English, from “How to fix a flat” – “Cómo Arreglar una Ponchadurato” to “Helmet sizing and adjustment” – “Midiendo y Ajustando el Casco.”

Walk-and-Roll San Antonio Resources

Bicycle Safety: Some basic bicycling safety tips – English or Spanish.


From Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Short Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for drivers and bicyclists in the Atlanta region were created in Spanish and English.  Visit their website ( to listen; here’s the full list [ ].


Arlington, Virginia’s Commuter Page includes Be a PAL–Predictable, Alert, Lawful. A street scene with tips for people who bike, walk, or drive, sharing streets includes a Spanish version, Consejos sobre seguridad y cortesia.Visit their website to learn more.

Bike Arlington has a helpful one-page poster. The document offers color or black-and-white printing options; pages 1-2 are in English and pages 3-4 in Spanish – Sobre dos ruedas o a pie: Cómo compartir el camino/ Two Wheels or Two Feet: Sharing the Way. Visit the Bike Arlington website to explore other resources, and click here for their related webpage.

From League of American Bicyclists / Bike League

Order Smart Cycling resources from bikeleague.orgGuía Rápida para el Ciclismo Seguro is the Spanish-language version of the League of American Bicyclists’ popular Quick Guide. Guía Rápida (24 páginas) que se trata de casi todo lo que se necesita saber para poder montar en bicicleta con seguridad y confianza. “It covers just about everything you need to know to ride a bike safely and confidently.”

Also available from the League’s store: Manual para un Ciclismo Seguro.

From Mexico 

If using the following resources for bicycling in countries other than Mexico, remember that bike laws in Mexico will often differ from bike laws in U.S. states or wherever you’re riding.

Muchas gracias to Claudio Sarmiento-Casas for the next three links. Claudio writes: “Several smaller cities and states in Mexico have published their own urban cycling guides in the past several years. Most of them disappear from the Web because they are hosted in expired domains or are purposefully taken out of circulation because of changes in public administration. Thankfully, some of the best ones can still be found online.” Here are three Claudio brought to our attention:

Thanks to Paul Zykofsky, associate director of the Local Government Commission in Sacramento, California for recommending the following manual:
Manual Del Ciclista Urbano de la Ciudad de Mexico  – [a 194-page manual]

Additional resources from Mexico: 

Bicitekas. Founded in 1998, this Mexico City-based group promotes biking as a healthy and environmentally friendly transportation choice.  Bicitekas also works to earn the respect of motor vehicle drivers and to improve  infrastructure.

Bicitekas also helped found a national organization linking biking advocacy groups across Mexico, BiciRed.

You’ll find many videos among the resources on the website of Pueblo Bicicletero.  It is “a colectivo ciudadano que promueve el uso de la bici como medio de transporte para tener una movilidad urbana sostenible en el Área Metropolitana de Monterrey.” (This refers to Monterrey, Mexico, not Monterey, California.)

From South America

Gracias, SecretaríaCulturaBtá@CulturaenBta:

Usar la bici hace parte de transformar nuestro entorno.

CulturaenBta - Bogata - why bike - June 2014 via Twitter

From Canada

Manual para ciclistas de Toronto Español – Todo lo que necesita saber sobre cómo practicar ciclismo en la ciudad en un solo libro – Segunda edición, 2016 from Cycle Toronto – Their Toronto Cyclists Handbook is available in 13 languages as of 11/20/18. All their handbooks can be accessed from the following related webpage:

Sección 4:

Mostly out-of-print

4-H resources

5 enero 2012  update:  4-H bicycle project books are “designed for youth bicycle enthusiasts and volunteers starting a bicycle club as well as for improving an existing bike program.”  For English, visit this page of As a former 4-Her myself, I had hoped to find available updates of the Spanish versions of the 4-H bike project books.

What to know, as of 5 January 2012:

There is not currently a Spanish version of the bicycle curriculum at the national level.  The need will definitely be considered when bicycle curriculum is revised in the future.  If you would like to use Spanish-language 4-H bicycling curriculum materials, and hope these will be updated, you may contact Tara Wheeler to express your interest:

Tara D. M. Wheeler, MPA

Project Director, Curriculum

National 4-H Council

7100 Connecticut Avenue

Chevy Chase, MD 20815


The five 4-H Spanish bike project publications listed below are mostly out-of-print and have not been recently updated.  The Oregon Outreach website listed them as follows and also referenced classes and resources from Oakland, but the Oakland number listed was disconnected.

Typing “bicicleta” in the search window of this site: – will turn up a PDF and an Excel sheet referencing some material.  Again, these are not being currently recommended. The list is archived here simply for future reference.

Tu Bicicleta y Tú, Unidad 1
Your Bicycle and You, Unit 1
Discusses types of bicycles, parts of a bicycle, adjusting to your size, and riding safely. $1
El Mantenimiento de tu Bicicleta, Unidad 2
Maintaining Your Bicycle, Unit 2
Discusses adjusting and repairing your bicycle. $1
Amplia tus Conocimientos de Ciclismo, Unidad 3
Enlarging Your Cycling World, Unit 3
Describes how you can personalize your bicycle with accessories. Discusses planning trips. $1
Comparte tus Conocimientos Sobre Bicicletas
Share Your Knowledge About Bicycles
Two page handout on sharing knowledge about the 4-H bicycle program with others. 50¢
Guía Para Líderes (de Bicicleta)
4-H Bicycle Guide for Leaders
Outlines responsibilities and curriculum for leaders. $3

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Sección 5:


Muchas gracias!

My gratitude to the many individuals, organizations, and government agencies for their dedication, time, and skills in making these Spanish language bicycling materials available.

Special thanks to:

  • Orange County Transportation Authority ( for “Leyes de ciclismo de California“/”California Vehicle Code” translation about required equipment, such as lights and reflectors.
  • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency ( for the San Francisco Bicycle Guide.  The translation about aceras/sidewalk riding is especially helpful to cyclists in parts of Monterey County, and the entire SF guide has a lot of information applicable to our county and other counties.
  • The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute – (helmet advocacy program of the Washington Area Bicyclists Association/ in Arlington, Virginia for their research that has contributed some of these items on this webpage.

Sección 6:

Closing notes

Siento no tener más información en español en Bicycling Monterey website.  Hablo muy poquito español ¡y no muy bueno!

  1. Unlike my kids, my own Spanish language skills are meager, so the en español webpage differs from the rest of the Bicycling Monterey website. It is primarily a link compilation directing you to Spanish-language biking resources created by others. Nonetheless, much research time went into creating this webpage.
  2. Please refer to the copyright note below.  It is also recommended that the links be confirmed to be sure they lead to the most current editions available.  And, as usual, check that the content is accurate, up-to-date, and culturally sensitive.
  3. Please contact me if you know of excellent resources that can be added to the links provided on this page.
  4. All Spanish-language resources linked in the CA Bike Laws and Personal Bike Skills/Safety section of the Tips for Bicycling Monterey County guide are already included on this “en español” web page.
  • Spanish translation needs include this entire en español  webpage.  Please contact me if you can help.
  • As was indicated at the start of this webpage, Spanish is spoken widely in Monterey County. As Kera Abraham reported in the Monterey County Weekly on June 9, 2011, “The county’s substantial Latino demographic speaks for itself.”  Latino/Hispanic populations in Monterey County cities are as high as 94%.  Read the figures for 14 Monterey County cities.
  • While some local Spanish speakers are fluently Spanish-English bilingual, many others are not able to make use of bicycling resources in English.  And as a May 12, 2011 Monterey County Herald story reported, “about 55 percent of students speak Spanish as the primary language at home.”
  • Learn more by referring to “When labels don’t fit: Hispanics and their views of identity,” by Paul Taylor, Mark Hugo Lopez, Jessica Hamar Martínez and Gabriel Velasco, released by the Pew Research Center on April 4, 2012.
  • As the Monterey County Herald’s 4/5/11 editorial, “Stories prompt opinions on exclusion,” stated:  “Sure, bilingual publications, signs, ballots, etc., could lead to a divided nation, but the way to deal with that is not to withhold important information from a significant part of the population. Warning signs, important announcements and key public documents should not be English-only for reasons of safety, order and fairness.”  Thanks again to for their Spanish-language summary of California DMV’s bike laws!Leyes de ciclismo de CA – Laws for bicyclists in CA (Spanish, English) – Summary

Por favor, hágamelo saber si usted tiene alguna pregunta. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Contact me (831/375-6278).  Muchas gracias!

Mari Lynch

Amigas en Monterey County

Our friend Wendolyn and my daughter, Sierra, will tell you: there’s not a more pleasurable way to learn another language than in the company of a friend!

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Sección 7:  Copyright reminder

Tenga en cuenta – Please note

To learn more about copyright, refer to our copyright page (click here).

  • This Spanish-language bicycling resources page is an anomaly on the Bicycling Monterey website, in that it is chiefly a compilation of links to resources available on other sites.
  • A brief excerpt from this page is allowable; however, it requires a credit acknowledging, along with giving appropriate and specific direction to the original source.
  • In addition, after following this web page’s links to other websites, if you want to reuse any of their content, contact those copyright holders to request their permission in advance.
  • This “en español” webpage has been compiled and shared for non-commercial use.  Much research and other time went into its creation. It is provided online, free of charge, for personal use only. Respect copyright. To re-use any Bicycling Monterey material, first refer to the copyright page (click here). If you have any questions, please contact Bicycling Monterey (click here).
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This webpage was first published 25 June 2010, with some subsequent updates.