Discover the CBD by bike

The City of Melbourne and Pop Up Playground are inviting people to take part in a new interactive game that will change the way they see the city.  

Using a smartphone, a blue Melbourne Bike Share cycle and a helmet, the interactive game 1000 Cities turns the CBD into a mythical adventure where riders will fight monsters, collect treasure and explore hidden parts.

The council’s arts chair Cr Rohan Leppert said the arts participation project highlighted council’s dedication to contributing to a creative city.

Once participants visit the 1000 Cities site on a smartphone, they will be prompted to take out a bike at Federation Square.

From there, the game takes riders through a series of tasks that will unlock hidden secrets about the city.

Rob Reid from Pop Up Playground said 1000 Cities was based on Joseph Campbell’s book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

“1000 Cities is your invitation to open doors that you may have not thought were there. Participants will be the hero of their own epic adventure. We are inviting international students to take part in the game, as this is a great way to get to know the city – but the game is open to anyone that would like to play,” Mr Reid said.

A group of Melbourne-based international students worked closely with the council and Pop Up Playground to develop the game.

When: 2 - 28 February 2015

Where: Start from the Federation Square Melbourne Bike Share pod outside the Melbourne Visitor’s Centre

Cost: Free to play. You will need to have a credit card to unlock the bike.


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