Any guesses what this is?
Ok, I will not be cruel. I will just tell you.
Autolib’ is Paris’ new electric car rental system. It uses the same principal as Velib, the ever popular bike rental program. Users can choose between an annual, weekly, or daily subscription, which in turn allows them to take a car wherever they may be. (Swipe a card for a car! Wow!)
I noticed the cute little vehicles in December when the program launched, but I was stopped short recently by the sight of the glowing orb above. I hadn’t yet seen the stations. The stations are glowing orbs!
I saw the blue lights and immediately wondered what kind of alien pod it was. (Ahem, I guess this is why I’m a fiction writer? Hello, reality? Are you there? It’s me, Sion).
Anyway, I can’t imagine driving one myself (I’ve lived in cities with good public transportation for the past decade for a reason), but I think it’s a pretty cool idea. Electric’s even better – glad that it’s green!
Here’s a video by the City of Paris:
Find out more on the Autolib’ site itself (English version).
In other news, another poem has recently been published in the new issue of Stone Highway Review. It’s not the sort of poem you might see on the subway (ahem, mature themes). I actually wrote this one 8 or 9 years ago, so it’s kind of weird to see it in public now. Let’s just say I’m usually happy and horrified by my work in equal measure. (Other writers get this? The embarrassment?)
Anyway, I’m on page 29.
Next up, I think I’ll have to write a poem about the proliferation of glowing alien pods in Paris. Yep, yep.
Hope you’re having a good week!