AIKA Trading and Santa Monica Spoke Team Up for an Urban Biking Scavenger Hunt


Urban_Challenge_Poster_SMAIKA Trading, an urban cycling store, and Santa Monica Spoke are teaming up to promote urban cycling with the Brompton Urban Challenge on Saturday, April 30.

The event, which costs $25 to participate, will benefit the local nonprofit bicycle advocacy organization, Santa Monica Spoke, the city’s chapter of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

“The Brompton Urban Challenge (BUC) is a two-wheeled scavenger hunt! It starts with a light breakfast at AIKA the urban cycling store, after which you’ll spend the first part of the day riding around the city, and interpreting various clues with your team,” according to organizers of the event.

“We’ll break for a late lunch, then spend the remainder of the day engaging in fun Brompton challenges amidst the beautiful backdrop of Santa Monica,” organizers said.

For those who aren’t familiar with what a Brompton is, it is a type of bike that can be folded up to roughly the same size as a small piece of luggage. Bromptons and other similar folding bikes are especially convenient for multi-modal commuters who want to take their bikes on the bus or train or for those who prefer to take their bikes with them in their destinations, rather than lock them up outside.

To participate in Santa Monica’s first Brompton Urban Challenge, you don’t need to own a Brompton. Participants can either bring their own bikes or AIKA will offer a limited number of Bromptons to loan out for the scavenger hunt. According to organizers, each team will have to have at least one Brompton, though.

As participants go about their scavenger hunt, they will have to record each clue or challenge they find or complete by photograph. They will then upload that photo to social media with the tag #BUCSM.

“Everyone will have the chance to win some GREAT prizes at the end of the day – where we’ll rally to celebrate our accomplishments at a local pub or eatery!” organizers said.

To register for the event and to learn more, click here.

Jason Islas
Jason Islas
Jason Islas is the editor of Santa Monica Next and the director of the Vote Local Campaign. Before joining Next in May 2014, Jason had covered land use, transit, politics and breaking news for The Lookout, the city’s oldest news website, since February 2011.

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