DWQA QuestionsCategory: Transportation Questionswhich-roads-have-shoulders
onmybike365 asked 6 years ago

Hi there. Your catalogue of all the roads in CR is amazing, thank you. If you have a chance, could you update it to clarify which roads – if any! – have shoulders of at least one metre/ three feet? This information would be PURE GOLD to touring cyclists like me, who regularly hunt without success for this kind of information.   I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’m currently in La Fortuna (having narrowly survived the terrifying ride from the Nicaragua border near Los Chiles – some of the most lethal driving I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ve encountered anywhere in the world and that\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s saying something). I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’d quite like to survive Costa Rica, so am wondering if you can shed any light on the cycling conditions (specifically, existence of shoulders, volume of traffic especially large vehicles) I might find on the following route:   La Fortuna to Cuidad Quesada. From Ciudad Quesada, a northerly circuit of Poas via Venecia.  126 south to Heredia. Cartago to Turrialba – any route. Turrialba to Siquirres. I plan to try to put the bike in a bus from Siquirres to Limon because I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ve heard the port traffic is especially lethal. Finally, Limon to the Panama border at Sixaola.    Many thanks! 

1 Answers
Jenn and Matt Staff answered 6 years ago

Hi onmybike365, 
Wow, what an adventure! Sorry that we couldn’t get back to you while you were riding through Costa Rica. Hope everything went well. As you know and described above, many of the roads in Costa Rica don’t have very good shoulders. We’ll try to note which ones do in the future but if you have any more reports, let us know. Near where we live on the Pacific side, a lot of cyclists use Route 34 (this stretches from near Caldera/Tarcoles to Palmar Norte and usually has a good shoulder) from there you can take Route 2 down to the border, it has a shoulder too but not as wide or consistent.  

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