Refugee Cycle 2020 available online
Two months into lockdown, with still no clear enddate in sight, the UNESCO RILA team, in collaboration with Sustrans and Bike for Good, have created an online version of their popular annual Refugee Cycle.
The game can be played entirely online, but if you have a bicycle and would like to use it, you are more than welcome to follow the route and progress through the game at the various checkpoints during your ride. Maps are provided throughout the game, to keep you on track.
Participation is entirely free, the only thing you need is a smartphone and an internet connection. If you're reading this on your phone, you can click this link to be taken to the game directly. If you're reading this on a computer, you can scan the QR code below with an app called ActionBound. The app can be downloaded for both Android and iOS through this link.
If you've ever been on the actual Refugee Cycle, you'll recognise a lot of the elements. However, because of the online format, the team has to make a few changes. Doing an online version of a live event may sound like a weak sustitute, but the online environment also provided the opportunity to add in some nice touches that would have been impossible during the live event.
Benefits of the virtual cycle over the live event:
1) You won't need to worry about the rain
2) You don't need a bike and you won't need to fix that flat tyre
3) Toilet available whenever you need it
4) This version can be done in stages, spread out over various days
5) There are points to be won, so you can turn it into a competition!
6) You don't even need to be able to cycle
Need we say more?
Image above: RILA coordinator and developer of the virtual UNESCO RILA Ride Bella Hoogeveen on her Dutch bike.
First published: 27 May 2020