Bike Tag is the ideal pandemic activity: It takes place outdoors, it’s social and you don’t have to burst your isolation bubble to take part.
One part treasure-hunt, one part geocaching, Bike Tag is a safe way to explore your hometown. Your only clues are a photo of a bike at the mystery location and a brief text hint. How well do you know your city? Hop on your bike to find out!
After months without travel, Bike Tag is a way to see your city with fresh eyes and show off your favourite hidden gems. After months of isolation, it’s a way to play a game with neighbours and meet new people — even if you’re never in the same place at the same time. After months without fitness centres and team sports, it’s a way to compete in a non-contact game, and find fresh motivation to get active.
Bike Tag started in Austin, Texas, and has since spread to cities around the world — with many active games on the bike-friendly West Coast. You’ll find Bike Tag in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, and the popular game continues to spread. Try it out to be a tourist in your hometown, and log on when it’s safe to travel for local tips while exploring new cities.
How it works
- Look up the current mystery location: Search “bike tag + your city” online, check biketag.org, or look on your local Subreddit. Look at the picture of the current tag, read the hint, and see if you can find it.
- Bike to the mystery location and take a photo: Prove you’ve located the current tag by replicating the photo — with your own bike of course.
- Continue biking to a new location and take a photo: Your tag must be taken on the same ride as your first picture, and the location must be freely accessible to the public. Take a picture of your bike outside your favourite coffee shop, next to a fantastic piece of public art, or on a path you think more people should ride. Choose a spot that’s interesting and unique, even if it’s a bit of a mystery.
- Upload your photos: Post your pictures of both locations at the same time, plus a hint to help players find your mystery spot (@passing.as.human gets extra points for writing rhyming hints reminiscent of an ancient treasure map, but poetry is not required). You can’t reserve being ‘it’ by posting a photo of the first location before you’ve photographed the second, but biketag.org is working on a feature that would let users see how active the current tag is. More than one person may visit the first mystery location and set course for a new tag — the first person to post gets the glory, but everyone gets to enjoy exploring new parts of the city.
Ready to play? Pump your tires, oil your chain and find a game near you!