Modo welcomes member number 10,000

Modo staff welcome shareholding member 10,000 (third from left) to the co-op. (CNW Group/Modo The Car Co-op)

Modo celebrates its 15th year in business with milestone

VANCOUVER, Jan. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - About to enter its 15th year of operations, Metro Vancouver's only not-for-profit carshare has just welcomed the ten thousandth shareholding member to its co-operative. The local carshare reached this milestone about three weeks into 2012, the year the United Nations has declared International Year of Co-operatives.

Member number 10,000 joined Modo because of the co-op's convenient locations and variety of vehicles. Access to vehicles that could accommodate a child seat was also a factor.

A recent survey conducted by Modo showed that many members joined because of convenience and affordability. The survey also showed that its members are proud of the organization's work in building sustainable transportation options and in promoting a local, co-operative economy.

"We knew member number 10,000 would join some time in January and our office was buzzing about it," says Phil Baudin, Modo's Executive Director. "It's an incredible way to mark our 15th birthday and the UN Year of the Co-op, especially after the great year we had in 2011."

People join Modo either as shareholding co-op members or as casual members. Each month, Modo welcomes about 125 new members.

Modo The Car Co-op is a not-for-profit, member-owned co-operative. Its fleet of about 250 cars are shared in six Metro Vancouver municipalities: North Vancouver, UBC, Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, and Surrey.

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