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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.