Posted: Oct 11, 2012 5:39 PM by Bill Folsom
The one month trial allowing bicycles on the Pikes Peak Highway just concluded. Through the month of September more then a thousand cyclists pedaled to the top of the mountain. There were even people who traveled from Texas to give it a try.
Rangers have been observing the interaction between vehicles and bicycles. Surveys have been done and comments have been gathered on-line. The information is currently under review to determine if bikes will be allowed back on the highway.
There were no wrecks and unofficial observations show the pilot program went off without any huge problems. There were some issues that will be reviewed. "There were some complaints that bicyclists passed on a double yellow line and they go down hill fast which is probably part of their goal, but we did clock a few about 55 miles and hour," said Pikes Peak Highway, Manger, Jack Glavin.
Mangers form the Pikes Peak High, Colorado Springs Parks, and U.S. Forest Service will analyze all the information. Their main focus is safety. The plan is to have a decision by the first of the year.