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Mural lets Southampton bike riders show their love of cycling

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 joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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