Families or individuals looking for an excuse to enjoy the outdoors on a beautiful day can take part in this month’s Literary Scavenger Hunt hosted by Bike Walk Savannah and Live Oak Libraries.


Bike Walk Savannah is always looking for ways to encourage Savannahians to move around and enjoy their city, while providing the means to do so.


"Our mission is to promote an equitable environment for biking and walking within the greater Savannah area," said Caila Brown, Executive Director of Bike Walk Savannah.


"We do education classes for children and adults. We have events — when we’re not in the middle of a pandemic — like bike rides and walks to encourage people to get out and get moving."


BWS also do advocacy and policy work with the city, Chatham County, Coastal Region and Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the State of Georgia to "help make sure that there are safe places for people to bike and walk."


BWS’s latest initiative is New Standard Cycles in which they collected donated bicycles, repair them, and work with service agencies to find people in need of transportation.


So far, since the pandemic began, BWS have secured 90 bicycles, with 75 more requests that need to be filled. During the holidays, BWS also provide bicycles for children with Blessings in a Book Bag.


"During the pandemic we couldn’t do our traditional in-person events, so we started looking at new options, ways that we could reach more people and encourage them to bike or walk or roll around in a safe, spatially distanced way," said Brown.


"We started doing virtual bike rides, virtual scavenger hunts, and we started doing these back in the end of April just to encourage people to get out. With those we take photos and videos of what we’re seeing and encouraging people to do the same and share with their neighbors and communities."


Each week, beginning November 10, participants in the Literary Scavenger Hunt can visit the Facebook page for a list of literary and community themed items.


Fill in a row, column, or diagonal on the bingo board and share a photo to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to be entered to win a BWS or Live Oak Library swag bag.


Brown said some examples on the lists include, "favorite place in Savannah that’s been featured in a book, or your favorite literary animal. The great thing is you don’t have to be in Savannah to participate. You can find pretty much everything on the bingo card everywhere in the country."


Be sure to tag Bike Walk Savannah or Live Oak Libraries with #BikeWalkSav to qualify. With several weeks to play, the more you participate, the better chance you have of winning, so get your bike or your walking shoes and explore the neighborhood.