A man is making works of art using his bike and GPS

Louis Dor
Thursday 18 February 2016 09:20
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Canadian cyclist and internet sensation Stephen Lund has amassed a dedicated following for his artwork, which he constructs with only his bike and a GPS device.

On his website, which you should probably bookmark, Lund explains how he began the process of creating amazing drawings via routes on a map:

Well before dawn on the first day of 2015, I snuck out of the house with my bike and my Garmin and 'painted' a New Year’s message on the streets of Victoria, British Columbia.

Picture: Stephen Lund/Strava/Screengrab

Failed exclamation point notwithstanding, my handiwork got enthusiastic kudos from many members of my cycling club.

Picture: Stephen Lund/Strava/Screengrab

And since I like kudos and praise almost as much as I like cycling and creative pursuits, I decided to embrace it as a way both to spend some of my free time and recharge my creative batteries.

Picture: Stephen Lund/Strava/Screengrab

796 hours 36 minutes in the saddle later, he was saying goodbye to 2015 in the same manner, having created dozens of drawings for the internet's benefit over 22,500km...

Picture: Stephen Lund/Strava/Screengrab

...as well of that of his family at birthdays:

Picture: Stephen Lund/Strava/Screengrab

Lund cycles about 70km every day, creating doodles with the route-tracking app Strava.

Picture: Stephen Lund/Strava/Screengrab

Stephen also hosted a Ted Talk in December on his unique pastime, discussing his globetrotting experiences on the saddle which includes crashes, victories and hard lessons such as:

A GPS device doesn't come with an eraser.

Picture: Stephen Lund/Strava/Screengrab

Watch the full video, below:

You can follow Stephen on Facebook or on Twitter, or visit his website.

Picture: Stephen Lund/Strava/Screengrab

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