Good news for cyclists: The Pikes Peak Highway will soon be open to them year-round.
The announcement comes after a successful September pilot program that opened the road to bikes.
At a city news conference today, Karen Palus, city Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services director, said the road would be "an international opportunity," that was sure to attract tourists. Closer to home, the local cycling community was thrilled by the news, she said.
"Our cyclists are so excited to be able to be up there," she said.
Pikes Peak Highway open to bicyclists year round starting Jan. 1
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.”
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.
More information can be found at: www.springsgov.com/pikespeak or www.pikespeakcolorado.com.
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