Pikes Peak open to cyclists Jan. 1

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The city’s parks and recreation department and the U.S. Forest Service are giving cyclists a holiday present: unescorted bike trips up Pikes Peak all year round, starting Jan. 1.

The decision came after a pilot program proved to be both popular and successful, said program director Karen Palus.

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 both 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 drive to the highway and then bike to the summit are encouraged to park at the Crystal Reservoir Visitors Center.

Cyclists must pay the regular admission fee or use one of the Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain passes.