Motorcycles and you together on the roads of Costa Rica
IVO HENFLING | JULY 31, 2015
In Costa Rica, motorcycles come out of nowhere in traffic. Motorcycle riders in Costa Rica have no respect for traffic laws; double yellow lines and traffic lights are non-existent. They will get right in front of you at the traffic light, zigzag between cars and use the sidewalks for shortcuts.
Driving in Costa Rica can be a challenge, just like it is in other Latin countries. If you have driven in France, Spain, Italy, Nigeria, Morocco or South Africa or in South Florida, then driving in Costa Rica is a piece of cake. You just need to pay a little bit attention to what is going on around you, especially the motorcycles. Do before you drive off, adjust all your mirrors to avoid blind spots and you’ll be safe, if you use them.
A motorbike is for transport, right? Of course that doesn’t necessarily mean the transportation of people, who said it does? In Costa Rica, a motorbike could be used for transportation of about anything that comes to mind, as you can see in all the photos I’m posting in this blog, a picture is better than a thousand words.
Motorcycle riders usually think they can park their vehicle anywhere they want. When you’ve parked your car and you want to drive away again, check there is no motorbike parked right behind yours and you will hit it when you hit reverse. See the photos below so you have an idea how bad they park and don’t pay attention to no-parking signs.
“Aqui no and “no estacionar” means “do not park here”
But if parking was the only problem, I wouldn’t be writing this blog. While drivers in general in Costa Rica really don’t mind breaking any traffic laws, motorcycle riders just don’t have any respect for anybody or anything. They just do what suits them best and thanks to the Solo in Costa Rica Facebook I can show you best what I’m talking about.
You probably know those pedestrian bridges over the freeways. Pedestrians usually like to just walk across the freeway and even jump over the dividing walls and fences, because they think the pedestrian bridge is not safe, see why that is:
Transporting livestock and pets on motorcycles is quite usual in Costa Rica. Don’t be surprised when a dog or a goat jumps on your hood:
You like to heat your lunch on the way to work? Just stop anywhere and plug it in:
Transporting a Christmas crib on your motorcycle is of course so dangerous, but a steel pole with a plastic grocery store bag tied at one end might be funny as long as don’t think about what will happen when a trailer goes by this guy at 65 Mph:
Of course being taken home by your friend on a motorcycle is a lot easier than riding your bike in this hilly country, especially when you can use the whole lane for yourself:
It’s a bird, its a plane, its a window washer on a motorcicle:
When you go to the beach on your motorcycle, you can stop by the gas station on the way to fill up your inflatable shark, so can go straight into the ocean when you get there:
I did a blog about copos or snow cones a while ago but it never occurred to me you can sell copos from the back of your motorbike so you don’t need to push a cart. He even found a fine way for clients to wash their hands :
Costa Rica has its own share of Super Heroes, so don’t be surprised if you see Superman come by on his motorcycle:
Age is not a problem in Costa Rica, who says you have to be over 18 years old or over 6 feet to ride a motorbike and get gas?
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