• Costa Rica Real Estate Auction
  • Costa Rica Real Estate

San José’s new bike path expected to be ready in July

March 24, 2017

Crews from the Municipality of San José began work Monday on a new stretch of the capital’s bike path. The route will connect San Pedro, just east of the city limits, to La Sabana Park on the west side of town.

The project is a joint effort of the municipalities of San José, Montes de Oca and the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT). According to the official timetable, it will take four months to complete.

MOPT’s Department of Traffic Engineering designed the 15.4-kilometer (9.5-mile) route, whose width ranges from 1.5 to 2 meters (5-6.5 feet).

The new bike path is painted green and will have road reflectors and road safety poles on various stretches.

New route

The Municipality of Montes de Oca launched the construction of the first section of the bike path between the University of Costa Rica’s School of Law and the Hispanoamericana University in Barrio Escalante earlier this month. The city is investing ₡53 million ($93,000) in that segment of the path and expects to finish in early May, MOPT reported.

The Municipality of San José is responsible for the remaining stretch of the bike route, which will take cyclists through downtown San José and Barrio San Bosco.

“We hope this new bike path allows people to see the environmental benefits and the benefits of this transportation system for the city and for the people’s well-being,” said San José Mayor Johnny Araya at a public event on Monday morning.

The Municipality of San José said in a news release that the ₡60 million (some $106,000) budget for its part of the project also includes repairs and expansion of sidewalks and media campaigns to inform motorists, pedestrians and cyclists about the new route.

The project has not been universally acclaimed. Motorists claim the bike path in Los Yoses is reducing the space for them along a stretch on 41st Street, already a narrow road.

Bike path in San Pedro. March 2017.
Works on the capital's bike path are angering some motorists who claim the bike path is reducing the space for them on the roads. (Via MOPT)

Second round

The San José Municipality inaugurated its first bike path downtown in 2015; however, that route is mostly unused. While the path sought to provide cyclists with a route from La Soledad Church to San Juan de Dios Hospital, paint and signage on that first bike path now has mostly disappeared, and MOPT has confirmed the path will be eliminated.

The ministry said that a recent evaluation by its Department of Traffic Engineering found that it is inconvenient to have a bike path along the pedestrian boulevard on Avenida 4.

“Pedestrians, street vendors and parked vehicles make it almost impossible for cyclists to use the path there,” the report states.

Transport Vice Minister Liza Castillo said on Monday morning that authorities are very pleased with the new project. She said the new bike path makes “a more efficient use of available space along the roads and provides a more safe and organized interaction between the city’s commuters.”

Municipalities are currently working on a second stage of the project that will include the construction of bike parking facilities and bicycle rental services.

Hover over the map to see the route:

San José’s bike path

You may be interested

Three dead in Colombia protests as wave of unrest continues in South America
Colombia
18 views
Colombia
18 views

Three dead in Colombia protests as wave of unrest continues in South America

AFP - November 22, 2019

Three people were killed during nationwide demonstrations in Colombia as part of a general strike protesting against the policies of…

Environmental organizations denounce pineapple farm that could impact Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands
Environment
21 views
Environment
21 views

Environmental organizations denounce pineapple farm that could impact Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands

Vinicio Chacón / Semanario Universidad - November 22, 2019

By means of a resolution issued Nov. 6, the National Technical Secretariat of the Environment Ministry (SETENA) decided to avoid…

National Oxcart Parade will fill the streets of San José on Sunday
Costa Rica
62 views
Costa Rica
62 views

National Oxcart Parade will fill the streets of San José on Sunday

Alejandro Zúñiga - November 22, 2019

The streets of San José will look a little more vibrant on Sunday morning. Beginning at 10 a.m., Costa Rica…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!