About Thomas Lundy

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Canadian and Dutch dual citizen (naturalized Dutch in 2011) Thomas Lundy was born in 1972 in Toronto and graduated from secondary school at the Canadian Forces Base of Lahr Schwarzwald (in Germany's southwest Black Forest region near the Swiss and French frontiers) in 1990, where he lived between 1980 and 1993. Awarded a bursary for achievement in foreign languages, he holds degrees from University College Cork (1994, Bachelor in Spanish and French, and a year in Nice studying Renaissance Culture) and the University of Toronto (2000, Bachelor in Education.)

Established in The Netherlands since 2002, Lundy started rickshawing in Amsterdam in June 2008. Experimenting with a solar power application on his rickshaw resulted in a report on Reuters and a listing on Wikipedia. In 2015 Lundy was sponsored by the Swedish card reader device iZettle, for which he was interviewed in De Ondernemer as well as on Dutch radio. Lundy's Solar Rickshaw was also on French television and sponsored for various events including Finnair, Samsung, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the cities of Utrecht and Amsterdam. He dwells in Amsterdam where he has two children.

Inspired by the four social innovations pioneered in The Netherlands (tolerated soft drugs and legalized prostitution, same-sex marriage and euthanasia) in 2017 Lundy launched a petition to decriminalize public nudity which he symbolically terms the 5th element (Het 5e element), Naakt op Straatsee 1,5-minute YouTube worksafe explanatory video (press CC for English subtitles, bottom right inside screen; for more explanatory videos in Dutch and English, see my Vimeo page here.) If this petition attains ten thousand signatures then it will be upgraded to a citizen's inititative (Burgerinitiatief) and proposed to Dutch parliament (tweede kamer), much the same way the aforesaid four social innovations were. An admirer of eclecticism, taoism, stoicism and existentialism, Lundy's dream would be to establish a Digambara Jain tirth (the equivalent of a temple or ashram) in or around Amsterdam, with a meditative and authentic Finnish savusauna (non-electric smoke sauna, using only wood, stones, fire, water and birch tree branches for therapeutic and aromatic effect) as a way to attract people to this spiritual and pure practice. 

Lundy is the auhor of a 2013 book entitled Thus Spokes Solar Rickshaw : Reflexions of a Rickshaw Puller

Lundy is also a televised actor and filmmaker, published travel writer, reviewed musician and YouTube vlogger.

Passing his radio signalling and nautical exam (inland waters) in May 2019, Lundy aims to gradually phase out of the rickshaw circuit and focus on navigation, given that the city of Amsterdam announced the end of the rickshaw licence effective April 1st, 2020 (meaning from that date onward, rickshaws or bike/trike velo taxis in Amsterdam will no longer be allowed to wait in a public place offering paid rides. Even though this licence termination is being challenged by legal appeals, the outcome is as yet uncertain; stay tuned for developments on this "About" page and under Links, The Dirty Dozen.)