Vancouver Would Be Cooler If False Creek Had Paris’ Sweet New Water Taxis

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The point of VWBCI is to open local minds to outside practices, concepts, and ideas that might stand to improve our greater civic situation in a parallel universe where coolness was valued more than practicality and funds spent on public works of art were raised by way of a special NIMBY tax levied against serial complainers.

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by Andrew Morrison | Our affections for the colourful little Aquabuses flitting about False Creek are on record, but these Seabubble water taxis coming to Paris this summer would be a pretty special addition. They are silent (100% electric with zero emissions) and their flying design means they generate no waves. The program is also app-based, which is to say the futuristic-looking crafts can be hailed a la Uber. I’m not sure if the laws governing taxi operations in Vancouver extend to our waters, but if they don’t this would be a cool way of getting around (while feeling like a bit of a pirate at the same time). The test runs in Paris kick off on June 14th on the Seine River. If all goes well, they’ll be a permanent fixture on the urban waterway the following Spring.

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