From the Pikes Peak Highway
Pikes Peak - America’s Mountain, in cooperation with the United States Forest Service, will open the Pikes Peak Highway to unescorted bicyclists year-round beginning January 1, 2013.
“After a successful pilot program in September 2012, we are very excited to open the Pikes Peak Highway to cyclists year round,” says Karen Palus, City Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director. “We know avid cyclists from the Pikes Peak Region and around the world will come to experience the challenge and beauty that Pike’s Peak - America’s Mountain has to offer.”
The idea had huge support from the Pikes Peak Highway staff, the city and local cyclists. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board gave its thumbs up in November following a successful pilot program in September when 1,041 cyclists pedaled on the highway.
"To say that I'm delighted with the news is an understatement," said Nancy Hobbs, parks board chairperson. "Riding up the highway on a bike provides a fantastic opportunity for people to see the Pikes Peak Highway in a different - albeit challenging - way. I applaud all those who supported this move to open the highway to unescorted cyclists and hope to be one of the many thousands expected to enjoy this ride in 2013 and beyond."
All riders must complete a use agreement and liability waiver available at the Pikes Peak Highway tollgate. Because of the extreme nature of the mountain, children under the age of 18 must be escorted by a parent or legal guardian.
Riders need to be aware that there will be vehicular traffic and construction on the Highway and should be prepared for changing weather conditions.
There is no parking near the tollgate so any riders planning to drive to the highway and then bike to the summit are encouraged to park at the Crystal Reservoir Visitors Center parking lot or above. All riders must follow all safety and traffic rules, use regulations and hours of operation.
Participants are required to pay the regular admission fee or use one of the Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain passes. North Slope fees and passes are not eligible for this opportunity.