Artists take quotes from public and paint them onto canvas

Quotes from bike riders in Southampton expressing why they love of cycling have been turned into a mural by local artists.

More than 150 people completed the phrase "I love cycling because ... " and had their words painted onto the artwork, which is located on the city's Guildhall Square and took a week to complete, reports the Daily Echo.

The initiative was launched by local travel awareness campaign My Journey Southampton with the canvas painted by artists Kristian Jeffery, Cher Reynolds, Stewart Smalle and Kara Strachan of Street Advertising Services.

Jeffery told the Daily Echo: “We have been taking quotes all week from local people, and on Twitter. We have been finding out why people love cycling so much and there've been lots of varied reasons.”

Here's a selection of some of the reasons given by Southampton's cyclists for their love of getting on two wheels.











Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.