Pilot program allows bicyclists to ride up Pikes Peak Highway in September

Marathon runners have ascended to the top of Pikes Peak; race cars have sped to the top of  America’s Mountain.

Now, it’s time for the mountain to be conquered by cyclists.

Colorado Springs, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, set up a pilot program to allow bicycles on the Pikes Peak Highway from Sept. 4 to Sept. 30. This limited program will be used to gather information about the feasibility and compatibility of allowing unescorted bicycle riders on the highway.

Cyclists will be using the highway at their own risk.  All riders must sign 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 cars 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 bike to the summit are encouraged to park at the Crystal Reservoir Visitors Center parking lot. 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 cyclists.


7 Responses to Pilot program allows bicyclists to ride up Pikes Peak Highway in September

  1. Oh great… they may be able to do it but we have those pesky bicyclists on a road like that? Get real people.

    Just went up Mt Evans with a 100s of bicyclists… what an absolute pain and terror to deal with.
    1. They didn’t want to wait in line to pay so they just rode past all of the cars to the toll booth making the rest of us wait while they paid and asked their questions.
    2. They expect to pass everybody on the down hill slopes and then you are stuck behind them because they can’t go more than 1-2 mph up any kind of slope… especially up higher. So, coming down a slope doing the 20 mph speed limit, some idiot is zooming around you and you don’t even see them coming from behind. Half time it is on a curve. You don’t want to hit them but you don’t want to go off the edge or into the rocks when a car comes around the curve in the opposite direction. Going up a slope, you come around a totally blind, narrow curve and there is the same idiot weaving and trying to get up the slope at walking speed.
    3. They have absolutely no road etiquette, and pay no attention to traffic laws or rules of the road.
    4. They endanger everybody else on the road.

    If roadways are paid for by gasoline taxes and bikes don’t use gas, then why the hell do we let bikes on major or dangerous roads? Especially since the majority of them don’t use any common sense or obey the traffic laws.

    August 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm

  2. I am assuming the same traffic rules from any public road applies here. If so, the bikes cannot pass the cars coming down nor can the cars pass the bikes going up, and vice-versa! You do not want to go off the edge as you said “jocko” and neither do the cyclits. So don’t assume that the bikes will be zooming downhill passing cars because they cannot! They should not pass the cars at the toll gate either. What you described happened on Mt Evans toll gate is an absurd. The bikes should wait in line with the cars. I have ridden up and down Mt Evans road many times and am always petrified of the CARS and MOTORCYCLES passing the bikes going DOWN! Not to mention that the Mt Evans road is in pathetic shape with all those pot holes/implosions. PPHwy is a near perfect road and has a “do not pass” double line ALL the way except one small section 5 or 6 miles from the toll gate. There will be no passing for anyone! I hear you – bikes will go slower on the uphill, but they can be corteous to the cars and pull over or go on the shoulder where one is available, but that is no different than everyday traffic in town (given the Colorado State law for bicycles – Bicycles have to obey the same traffic laws as a motorized vehicle). Motorcycles can have the same complain you do about cars going too slow going up. I have driven up PPHwy over 100 times and know too well what it is like being stuck behind a petrified tourist. It is part of the game – this is a tourist attraction – relax and enjoy the drive – ohh yes, and please share the road :-)

    August 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm

  3. If cyclists were as dangerous as you suggest, wouldn’t there be more accidents on the Mt. Evans road? Can you reference one car/bike related accident?

    August 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm

  4. @Mountainbee…. oh that it were so… I related actual events only 3 weeks ago. I agree that their behavior is absurb… and it wasn’t just one but many… I had the same experience on Boreas Pass.

    If you didn’t see it on Mt Evans, you must have had your eyes closed. There is no or little enforcement up there. Like bicyclists anywhere in Colorado pay any attention to the road laws. They are the most flagrant violators on the road. They don’t stop at intersections… slow down only enough to make sure it is clear and buzz on through. Bikes are ‘supposed’ to obey the traffic laws but seldom do.

    Like you said, it is all absurb, to endanger the many for just a few bicyclists that are not paying gas taxes for the right to be on the road. Oh, some of them have cars and paid taxes, then drive their cars and stop inconveniencing the majority so they can brag they went up a mountain… big whoop! These bicyclists are just boors.

    August 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm

  5. >> it is all absurb, to endanger the many for just a few bicyclists that are not paying gas taxes for the right to be on the road.

    ……….. uhh, Jocko ………. everyone pays a additional fee to get on & use the Pikes Peak Highway.
    …. wake up, have that 2nd cup of coffee before starting to type, please. … Viva Pikes Peak Cycling

    richard black
    August 29, 2012 at 7:55 am

  6. Mr. jocko,

    Cyclists no longer have to pay an entrance fee to ride Mt. Evans. Rangers tell them to go straight through without stopping. No need to be annoyed by this.

    On your other points your sweeping generalizations limit your credibility.

    Caleb Kelly
    August 29, 2012 at 9:43 am

  7. I would bet that cup of coffee that the open road policy for bicyclists would never have become law if it hadn’t been for a tiny vocal lobby with too much money and it had been left to the majority to vote on.

    @Richard… see Caleb

    August 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm