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Thursday, July 12, 2012

NEW Bicycle Route San Jose (from A.M. Costa Rica)

Bike path will run from Parque la Merced in the west along the Avenida 4 pedestrian walkway to the legislature.

Bike riders to gather to celebrate OK of cycle route in city
By Kayla Pearson
of the http://AMCostaRica.com staff

The Colectvio Una Ciclovía para San José will host a second bicycling event Saturday at 8:30 a.m. The event is called Cleteando por una Ciclovía en San José to honor the approval of a new bicycle path in the downtown. Cletear is Costa Rican Spanish that means "to ride a bike."

Last year the group organized the Día de Movilidad Activa in September where  approximately 400 cyclists biked in San José.

“We are expecting some 50 to 100 cyclists, which is the usual turnout, but hopefully more and more start to join us every Saturday,” said Mauricio Solan of the group. “The event last year was great. We had 400 people cycling through San José, and we also organized a wide range of parallel activities and entertainment. It was organized as one of the 350.org activities worldwide.  The event on Saturday is more informal.” 350.org is a a global grassroots movement seeking to address climate change.

The organization here is a collective composed of different people, organizations and companies. Members have been working with the Municipalidad de San José since 2008 lobbying for bike paths.

June 9 the municipal council gave the go ahead for the project and approved the design and route, which will be from the Asamblea Legislativa to the end of Avenida 4 near Hospital San Juan de Dios.  The municipality is in the process of budgeting for it. 

bike path in green
 Bike path will be away from traffic on the pedestrian
 walkway at Avenida 4.

“For such we have initiated this monthly activities to promote the to-be-made bike path, promote urban cycling and disseminate good biking practices,” said Solano.

The organization also gives tips on being a good cyclist.  These include observing the rules for bikers in the street, keeping the bike in good condition, and using a helmet and lights on the bike.

Also bikers should stay on their side of the road, be prepared to slow down or stop, travel at slower speeds, practice caution at intersections and curves, and not assume that that people can see or hear them, the group warns.

This event will be repeated every 2nd Saturday of the month.

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