Urban Biking

In the Pikes Peak Region

Nestled amidst the stunning landscapes of Colorado, the region boasts a variety of biking trails and routes that cater to riders of all skill levels. Whether you’re a casual cyclist looking to explore the city streets or an avid mountain biker seeking adrenaline-pumping challenges, Pikes Peak region has something to offer.

One of the highlights of urban biking in the Pikes Peak region is the extensive network of bike lanes and dedicated cycling paths that connect the various cities and neighborhoods. Cyclists can navigate through the vibrant downtown areas, charming historic districts, and picturesque parks, taking in the sights and sounds of the region. The Pikes Peak region is a haven for urban biking enthusiasts, offering a unique blend of urban and natural beauty for riders to enjoy. Explore the Trails and Open Space Coalition urban biking map here! 

Getting Started

To get started with urban biking in the Pikes Peak region, the first step is to ensure you have a suitable bicycle for city riding. Choose a bike that is comfortable, agile, and equipped with appropriate tires for urban surfaces. Consider options such as hybrid bikes or urban commuters that offer a good balance between speed and maneuverability. Next, familiarize yourself with local biking laws and regulations to ensure you ride safely and legally. Look for designated bike lanes and paths within the cities, and consider investing in a good-quality lock to secure your bike when parking. Finally, explore the region’s bike maps and online resources to discover popular urban biking routes and points of interest. With its bike-friendly infrastructure and scenic urban landscapes, urban biking in the Pikes Peak region provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while navigating the city streets.

 

Pro Tip

The City has a network of trails, lanes and routes which are designed to interconnect for a variety of riding options. Bike trails are non-motorized, paved routes. Bicycle lanes, marked by signs and street markings, provide a bike-specific lane to travel in. Bike routes, marked by signs, are streets with less traffic and lower speed limits that make them conducive to bicycle travel.

Be Prepared

Be prepared by checking weather conditions, carrying necessary supplies like water and tools, wearing appropriate attire, and ensuring your bike is in good working condition.

Be sure to pack
  • Helmet
  • Water
  • First Aid Kit
  • Repair Kit with Tire Levers,
  • Spare Tubes
  • CO2 Canister or Air Pump
  • Multitool

Outdoor Ethics for Urban Biking

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles are reprinted with the permission of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. For more information, visit www.LNT.org.

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
    • Ensure your mountain bike is in good, working order. A properly maintained mountain bike reduces the risk of injury, a long walk out, or both.
    • Check with land managers, local bike shops, local cycling groups, and. mtbproject.com for the most up-to-date trail information.
    • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use and ride in small groups of 3-4.
    • Be self-sufficient and pack appropriately. A rain shell, multi-tool, spare tube, pump, and food all help ensure a safe and fun ride.
    • Wear a helmet and other appropriate safety gear. It could save your life.
  • Travel on Durable Surfaces
    • For biking, durable surfaces include established trails, dirt roads, and pavement. Off-trail travel by bike is not often allowed. Check local regulations.
    • Respect trail and road closures. Do not trespass on private land and obtain permits when necessary. Bicycles are not permitted in areas designated as state or federal Wilderness.
    • Avoid riding muddy, excessively wet, or icy trails. When encountering patches of mud or ice, ride through it and not around to avoid trail widening.
    • Avoid skidding. Locking up your tires creates ruts, increases erosion, and decreases your control.
    • Take someone new for a ride and teach him or her proper trail riding technique.
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
    • Pack it in, pack it out. Litter can potentially endanger wildlife, attract scavengers, and diminish other visitors’ experiences. This includes toilet paper and other hygiene products.
    • Designate a pocket for litter, wrappers, and leftover food.
    • Use restroom facilities before hitting the trail. Otherwise, deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp, and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
    • Urinate well away from water sources and out of sight of other riders.
    • Be cool. Leave a favorable impression; not waste.
  • Leave What You Find
    • Preserve the past: observe, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts. Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
    • #mtbselfie: photograph yourself being a responsible mountain biker, take pictures of natural objects in the wild and leave them for future preservation.
    • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species. Check your clothing, bike, and equipment before and after each ride for seeds. Wash your bike between rides.
    • Unauthorized trailwork, like berms, bridges, ladders, etc. is not recommended. You could unknowingly damage sensitive vegetation or contribute to further erosion and other trail damage.
  • Respect Wildlife
    • Stick to the trail. Wildlife accustomed to riders can predict actions, but riding off-trail confuses wildlife.
    • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
    • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
    • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
    • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, winter, dusk, and dawn.
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors
    • Respect other trail users and protect the quality of their experience. Always ride within your limits.
    • Be courteous. Yield to hikers and equestrians. Be prepared to stop and dismount if the trail is narrow or crowded. Yield to climbing cyclists when descending.
    • When encountering slower traffic, announce your presence with a friendly greeting or bell to avoid startling other visitors.
    • Reduce your potentially intimidating size by stepping to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.
    • Ride in small groups to avoid excessive dust and noise.
    • Racing on recreational trails is dangerous, inconsiderate, and never in style.

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