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San Anto's West Side Mural Bike Tour Rolls October 12

The San Anto Cultural Arts Center is encouraging San Antonians to get out of their cars and onto their bikes for a ride of discovery. Public Art Program Manager John Medina wants you to show up at San Anto with your bike, your energy, and a little curiosity. If you do, he’ll take you on a tour of significant West Side murals.

"Usually we start around 10 o’clock in the morning," Medina says. "If you need air in your tires we help you with that. And then we have a pre-designated tour, and we head from mural to mural. But we basically talk about the artist that painted them, the history in the mural, what it’s depicting, and you know, sometimes about the social context of the mural."

San Anto’s October 12 Mural Bike Tour promises something very unlike seeing the murals from your car.

"Y’know, it’s a totally different experience," he says. "Anybody who rides a bike around town will tell you that with the murals especially it really gives you that chance to get up close and personal. Some of the artists, they put these little hidden images and these little surprises that you can only see if you come up close. When you get on a bike, and you intentionally ride around town to see these things, I think it offers a whole new perspective. A lot of times people tell me, 'I pass by this mural every day and I never really noticed it.'"

The mural bike tour is not a challenging bike ride.

"It’s not a very intense ride, it’s very fun," Medina says.

Participants will see and learn about dozens of murals on the tour.

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii