“Autonomy” fair at la Villette

Design your own saddle by Selle Royal

Design your own bike saddle by Selle Royal

Driving to the Grande Halle de la Villette at rush hour is really a pilgrimage and I only went out of curiosity for what Maureen Houel, the organiser, told me was a young generation’s fair. And I am glad I did, because Autonomy,  this show of city transportation was enlightening as to what 20-40 years old are up to, these days. They want to be free and for no money.

Maureen Houel managed to invite manufacturers from 25 countries

Maureen Houel managed to invite manufacturers from 25 countries for this first Autonomy fair

The theme was urban autonomy with electric bikes or rental bikes, car rentals by the hour or by the day, electric rollers, and all these funny e-wheels that you can ride about on streets and, sadly… on sidewalks. Sedgway has what looks like a confortable « Ninebot » which lets you hold it with your knees and looks quite feminine.

Fluorescent jackets made by are very attractive and useugfl at night

Fluorescent jackets made by Le Jongleur are very attractive and useful at night

There were vintage electric scooters  called « Mosquito » (by eTricks) and many car rental companies for the city. Be lib, organized by Mairie de Paris, lets you charge your car all night for free and  costs 1€ an hour during the day. If you have a Be lib parking near you (there is one on rue du Bac), it is a great way to combine parking and electric use in a busy city. I stopped at Oui Hop, a city auto stopping ap, which allows you to pick up people or to find a car for urban short trips. What I loved most, was a nice orange fluorescent jacket  made by Le Jongleur, which means that you can elegantly ride your bike or scooter at night.

Ninebot by Segway is attractive to girls also

Ninebot by Segway is attractive to girls also

And I loved the system « Drivy open » where you open the door of a car rented from individuals, with a code sent to your iPhone. No need to meet the person who lets you the car and no need for him or her to be in town when they do… Slightly dangerous but why not try ? Last time I heard of a friend renting a car like that, the owner had not given her the key to the gas tank…and she had to force it in order to fill it up !

I went for Zip cars which is well known in the United States but not in Paris yet : they had an electric BMW i3 that I want to try. The system forces you to return the car to the same spot all the time. So again find one near your house. The advantage is that you can keep it for a week end and travel outside Paris which you can’t do with autolib.

Arnaud, Megan and Damien the champion roller

Arnaud, Megan and Damien, the acrobat roller, compare their performances

Electric bikes seemed to be the great travelling mode with incredible sadles sold by Selle Royal. The top is removable because it is so pretty, everyone will want to steel it. There are also lots of little rollers for kids aged 0 to 5 years old! or older…

A vintage electric scooter, "Mosquito" by Tricks comes in turquoise, red, black and Orange in April 2017

A vintage electric scooter, “Mosquito” by eTricks comes in turquoise, red, black and Orange in April 2017

There was a jazz band with an acrobat Damien, dancing on wheels, there was a young pretty lecturer  from Tbilissi, Georgia, who was invited to talk about preservation of the city.  It seemed more like a meeting place for the young and plugged in, than a commercial fair and it was fun!

The GenZe 2.0 electric generation zero emission also in 2017

The GenZe 2.0 electric generation zero emission also out  in 2017

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2 Comments on ““Autonomy” fair at la Villette”

  1. Karen Millet

    Genial! Imagine si tous les gens a LA s’en servaient! Would solve traffic and smog problems but then they would have to talk to each other! Might create chaos! xo

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