Dutch artist leaves “communal” bike for the “beautiful people” of Dundee

May 10 2017, 3.33pmUpdated: May 11 2017, 5.03pm
© Gareth Christie
The "communal bike".

An artist returning to Holland after studying in Dundee has launched a one-woman bikeshare scheme — “as a protest against ownership and capitalism”.

“Loren” left the bike parked in the city centre with a note attached saying: “This is a free, communal bike … Please take it if you need it and leave it for the next person.”

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The unusual gesture is already causing big interest — and has prompted hopes that the bike will be treated in the spirit it was donated.

The student’s note says: “Hi beautiful people…. I am leaving back to Holland after one semester at the artschool in Dundee

“As a protest against ownership and capitalism, I don’t sell my bike but leave it for everybody to use it.

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“Don’t feel guilty taking this bike and please also don’t try to make money from this bike. Enjoy”

She sings off by saying: “Wishing love and connection for this city.”

The bike was seen propped up against railings outside H. Samuel jewellers on Tuesday evening but had moved by midday today — hopefully, borrowed by someone who will pass it on when they are finished.

UPDATE: Dutch student who donated bike to people of Dundee dreams of “economy of giving and getting”

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