Last week they were protesting and blocking traffic. But Sunday they were being honored when the transport ministry decreed a national day for motorcyclists.
The day was proclaimed during a morning gathering on Paseo Colón not far from where Unilever, the marketer of Salsa Lizano, was handing out free Christmas tamales. The sauce is a traditional seasoning for tamales.
The motorcycle event was designed to promote highway safety. Motorcyclists staged successful blockades because obligatory insurance rates for the two-wheeled vehicles took a big jump. The Instituto Nacional de Seguros, the insurance agency, said one reason was because of the high rate of accidents by motorcyclists. Eventually the blockades resulted in lower rates.
The Dia Nacional de Motorciclista is designed to raise awareness of basic safety precautions such as wearing a helmet.