Race Through Time Bike

Chalk Art Takeover in Abbott Square

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020 (todo el dia)

All Month Long

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Inspired by the recent influx of neighborhood chalk art in response to shelter-in-place, we recently wrote a blog post on how to #chalkyourwalk. The blog posts goes into how you can spread joy, solidarity, and fun throughout the neighborhoods through chalk art, plus even includes a homemade chalk recipe and a local artist spotlight. This project then led to a larger conversation about what else and where else we can play chalk art and work with local artists.

Thanks to a great idea from Janice Serilla and the Open Studios Committee, together we were able to do a chalk art takeover in Abbott Square, our recently reopened outdoor market and plaza. The project features six unique, 6ft ‘social distance circles’ situated around the plaza. Each designed and drawn 100% in chalk by a different local artist found through an open call out to Open Studio artists. There are also some fun little hidden messages for you to find around the square as well.

The art will be debuting on June 17th, 2020, and will be up for approximately 2 weeks depending on the amount of foot traffic and change in the weather.

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How to Play

  • Download the PDF of clues [Coming July 1st]
  • Complete and visit as many of the clues as you can by July 29th.
  • Open to all ages & skill levels.
  • You can start anywhere on the list. Do one at a time or all at once! We recommend planning out your route at home before heading out.
  • You must have your answer keys submitted online by July 29th. [Form coming soon]
  • Top 5 scores will win prizes from local bike shops such as Spokesman & Specialized. Prizes include 24-hour bike rental, swag, panniers, and a rear bike rack.
  • Winners will be announced July 31st at santacruzmah.org/scavenger-hunt
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Before getting on your bicycles read through the clues, solve the riddles, and plan your route. All the riddles lead you to locations throughout Santa Cruz County, California. The goal is to complete as many of the locations as possible and get the most points. There is no need to complete this in one day. You have all of July to get points, so make your routes to your experience level.

Then, while at each location, fill in the blank or follow the prompt to earn your point/s. To submit your answers, compete for the prizes, and receive the answer key fill out the Google Form [Coming Soon]. After completing this step, you could win prizes, be added to our leaderboard, or get a shout out on social media! Be sure to have fun, maintain physical distancing, follow traffic laws, & wear a helmet!

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A gallery tour and a bike ride at the same time! Available to use anytime. Journey through Trailblazers, Guided by Ghosts, and California's Wild Edge.

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Bike Month with Ecology Action


Whether you are new to biking or ride every day, there is some fun Bike Month activities for you to enjoy. Join Ecology Action for the Santa Cruz Bike Challenge running all month long with weekly prizes to local bike shops for logging just one ride a week, as well as some awesome virtual and socially distanced events throughout July. Check it all out and register here ecoact.org/bikemonth

See the Santa Cruz Bike Month Full Calendar of Events

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