In Cache Valley, Utah, organizations including Aggie Blue Bikes (Utah State University), Trials Cache, Bike/Ped Advisory Committee of Cache County, and local bike shops joined together to present the Bad Asphalt 4 – Cache Valley’s Solo Alleycat from May 11-15, 2020 that involved searching out and photographing items found from the manifest provided (or better yet, let’s call it a treasure map).
This model for bicycle advocacy excels in many ways –
Following guidelines from the Bear River Health Department, the event was promoted to be completed alone or with ones’ household. The treasure hunt took place during bike week allowing participants to photograph their hunt and submit on their schedule (no group ride, social distancing applied). For an added element, bonus challenges were posted each day and could count as points if participants did and documented it the same day. The treasure map (details below), was well designed to be a fun, bicycle filled adventure for all riders and families.
The ‘manifest’ or TREASURE MAP was emailed out to participants on May 8th.
I came across this nice message on the Logan River Trail.
The daily challenge on May 13th was to write a bicycle haiku. I wrote mine based on my ride earlier that day.
Bike is ready, roads damp
Route is set, don’t cramp
Cool mist feels refreshing
Life is good, no stressing
Railroad tracks up ahead
Send it! The tracks said
Road rash and my pride hurt
Wish I measured that vert 🤣
No bicycles were hurt by the railroad tracks.