Vancouver's only locally operated, member-owned carshare partners with
community-oriented residential development, while expanding in Surrey,
Richmond and now Coquitlam
VANCOUVER, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Founded 16 years ago with two cars in
Vancouver's West End, Modo The Car Co-op is celebrating a milestone achievement this month, adding its 300th vehicle to the fleet. The region's only local carshare co-op will also
double its fleets in both Surrey and Richmond and place its first
vehicle in Coquitlam this fall.
Modo's 300th vehicle found its home at the District Main residential development, at Main Street and East 28th Avenue in Vancouver, taking a road now well-travelled by the local
carshare: through partnership and a focus on addressing community
needs. With a shared interest in promoting healthy lifestyles and
building vibrant, participatory communities, Modo and District Main
worked together to expand multi-modal transportation options for
residents of the rental property, placing the vehicle conveniently in
the building's underground parkade for use by any Modo member. To make
it happen, Modo provided the car - a shiny red 2014 Nissan Note - and
District Main provided free parking and broad communications support,
both in the building and amongst neighbourhood allies.
For District Main residents and neighbours, having carsharing options
close to home was a priority, according to the building's general
manager Lolly Bennett:
"I asked our tenants, when it came to carsharing, who were they most
interested in, and the answer we heard back was Modo. We have a strong
connection to our community here - businesses and neighbours - and
Modo's own commitment to supporting community initiatives made for a
great fit at District Main."
Grassroots values have helped Modo grow from a small group of
forward-thinking folks to more than 9,000 members and business drivers
across Metro Vancouver. Vehicle locations are determined based on where
members are and their proximity to transit and cycling infrastructure,
with partnerships with developers and residential properties, like
District Main, offering opportunities for further expansion.
Being a not-for-profit co-operative means Modo is able to offer the
lowest rates on carsharing in the region. "We're proud to not only save
people money, but to achieve that through our co-operative business
model," says Modo board chair Joel DeYoung, "We're making cities across
the region - from North Vancouver to Surrey, from UBC to Coquitlam -
more livable and less congested, protecting vital green space by
removing cars from the road."
"I'm so thrilled about Modo coming to District Main. I already use it
every Saturday, and now that it's in the building we may never buy a
car in Vancouver."
-Jenny Burgess, District Main resident and owner-operator of Geek Sweets
Modo estimates that for every vehicle it adds to the grid, as many as 13
privately owned vehicles are taken off the road, with 41% of members
reporting they'd sold or gotten rid of a vehicle within one year of
joining Modo. In a recent survey, 81% of members said they would
"definitely" or "likely" have bought a personal vehicle had it not been
for Modo. In a region where it's estimated a new car is added to the
road every 15 minutes, carsharing offers much-needed relief to Metro
Vancouver's land base.
Modo The Car Co-op is Metro Vancouver's only local carshare co-op, since 1997. The first
English-speaking carshare in the world, Modo has helped get carsharing
started on several continents in many major cities. Founded in the West
End by 16 members sharing two cars, Modo now has more than 9,000
drivers sharing 300 cars, trucks, vans and electrics across Metro
Vancouver at the lowest rates in the city.
Image with caption: "A moment 16 years in the making. Modo staff and board members celebrate with District Main staff the car co-op's 300th vehicle out front of its new home, at the District Main property (4453 Main Street, Vancouver). (CNW Group/Modo The Car Co-op)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131106_C4923_PHOTO_EN_33059.jpg
SOURCE: Modo The Car Co-op
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