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VIDEO: Traffic cop stops Costa Rican bicyclist Andrey Amador in bizarre highway altercation

Decorated Costa Rican cyclist Andrey Amador had a morning training session take an unexpected turn Tuesday morning.

Amador illegally took his bike on Highway 27 near Escazú, violating the country’s transit laws, and was asked to pull over by a transit official. Video taken from the transit cop’s motorbike shows the officer get to the side of Amador, directing him to immediately stop. Amador responded that he wanted to stop at a bus stop up ahead to have more room and avoid an accident on the thin stretch of shoulder.

“Don’t make this any harder,” the cop yells back.

The officer eventually cuts Amador off and apparently shoves him after yelling, “Calm down!”

The entire video, courtesy of the Costa Rican Traffic Police, can be seen here:

In a subsequent video from the Traffic Police, Amador appears to be upset by damage caused to his bike when the cop turned it over. He tells the traffic cop that he’ll have to pay for damages if he ever stops him like that again.

“Do you know who I am?” Amador asks.

“I don’t care,” responds the cop.

A third video Tweeted out by Amador shows the confrontation continuing as the transit official says in Spanish to another man, “I don’t understand his attitude.”

Amador responds, “He almost threw me off the road.”

The renowned cyclist later asked on Twitter if someone could loan him a bike to keep training, as the transit cop confiscated his bike. A short time later, Amador posted a YouTube video in which he apologized and admitted his error. He said he knew what he did was a traffic violation, but was upset with the aggressive way the traffic cop reacted.

“After pushing and cutting me off with his motorcycle, he put himself at risk and he put me instead of just stopping off at a safer spot on the highway,” Amador said in his video response. “That’s why I was so angry.”

Transit police confirmed Tuesday morning that Amador paid the traffic fine of ₡50,000 (about $100) and got his bike back.

Amador will return to San José’s streets Saturday when he is scheduled to be the grand marshall of the annual Festival de La Luz parade downtown.

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Gabriela Madrigal

Both of you are missing the point, this egotistical individual was not on his way to school to educate himself so that he may have a better life, or on his way to a job to support himself or his family, he was putting himself, the traffic officer and many motorists at risk of being injured all because he wanted to get his training ride accomplished.

His actions and attitude after being pulled over are a reflection on many in our society who have the ME FIRST mentality regardless of whatever consequences or inconveniences their actions may cause others.

From what I saw in the videos the traffic officer was not approaching the cyclist, but the cyclist charged into the face of the traffic officer who pushed him away, fortunately the officer kept his calm while being charged and physically threatened and didn’t react in a more aggressive manner to ensure his own safety. I am quick to fault our police officers for their lack of action in regards to enforcing our traffic laws and in this case I want to say thank you to this officer for doing his job in a very professional way.

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Juan Mayer

Even though I don’t agree with the way Amador behaved towards the cop, I’m concerned with another topic here.
How is it possible to prohibit certain types of transport on highways and others not?
Example – if you want to go from San José to Cartago by bike, you HAVE to use the highway, because there is no other route. But on the highway you mustn’t use your bike.

Then if you want to go from Liberia to Cañas on the new highway by bike – no chance, it’s not allowed. There – also – is no alternative route.
And in order to carry it to the extremes, they built crosswalks for pedestrians ON the highway together with a speed limit cascade.
So, pedestrians allowed, but bikes not?!
This can’t be constitutional. Can’t anybody sue the government over this?

In the case exposed here, I’m not sure if there are alternative routes. Probably yes.

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Ken Morris

I don’t know what is or isn’t constitutional, but I suspect that banning bikes while failing to provide an alternate route for them probably is constitutional. Horses, skateboards, golf carts, etc. can be banned, so I see no constitutional reason why bikes can’t be banned. It probably isn’t a person’s right to travel in any way they desire on any public road.

However, it is a policy misstep to prohibit bikes without providing an adequate alternative route for them, since this is just part of the discouragement of bicycling which smart public policy should encourage.

My view is that there is a surprisingly simply fix. it is to pass a bill that requires ALL transportation projects either to include bicycle access or to justify its exclusion (a justification that should include noting adequate alternative routes). A simple requirement like this doesn’t force the transportation planners to include bike lanes or anything else in their plans, but it does force them to think about bicyclists when they draw up their plans. The problem now is that they often don’t even think about bicyclists when devising their plans.

Actually, I doubt that there is any requirement for the transportation planners to think about pedestrians either, although by custom they generally do. However, even pedestrians often receive only an afterthought.

The obstacle is the mindset of both the transportation planners and the government officials who oversee them. Nearly every one of these people habitually drives a personal motor vehicles, and therefore all of them find it easy to ignore as well as misunderstand the majority who don’t drive motor vehicles. It’s this mindset that needs to be challenged, and i think there are simple laws that can be passed to challenge them. However, in the absence of those simple laws, I’m pretty sure that the products of that mindset are perfectly legal.

I mean, the legal challenge, it it were to arise, would probably be based upon the right to move freely around the country. Alas, that right does not include the right to chose any means of transportation a person desires, and probably as long as there is a bus service that provides a reasonable alternative means for those without motor vehicles, my bet is that a suit brought by bicyclists wouldn’t prevail.

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This is a perfect example of why I can not stand homosexuals. Andrey Amador’s attitude comes from having something stuck up his @ss all the time.

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Chupas Angre

Gabriella is absolutely correct. My daughter is on TWO national teams at 16 years old. So what? Who cares that this guy cycles for a living…that simply means he knows the road rules as well as the Officer involved and blatantly chose to ignore them.

If my daughter broke the law to train in her sports we would suspend her for a while. With notoriety comes responsibility to set an example for the public since it is they that support you.

The Officer may have saved this cyclists life and all he could muster was to mouth off. I would certainly think that missing the parade and the public paid for advertising as to who he is and his accomplishments could be forgone. Tit for Tat is always a good thing in the long run.

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The law banning bicyclists from using certain roadways is for their safety. Highways that allow vehicles to travel at high rates of speed are no place for bicyclists. Amador is a pompous jerk. The police officer was doing his job keeping Amador from being killed by a speeding car, so I have no sympathy for him.

Regarding traffic planners in Costa Rica, there are none. If there are traffic planners, they are either inept, incompetent or both. What traffic planner thought it was a good idea to install bus stops on General Canas Highway? What traffic planners allowed for the use of traffic circles instead of traffic signals at junctions where accidents are a daily occurrence and the volume of traffic creates traffic jams for miles? I could go on but I think I made my point.

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