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Volume 14 / April, 2012

 modo members are cyclists - happy year of the bike!

year of the bike

They say it’s the Year of the Bike. From bike cafés to international cycling conferences to public bike sharing, 2012 will mark the year Metro Vancouver sees great changes in support for cycling infrastructure and sustainable transportation.


Modo’s always been a big supporter of cycling and cycling advocacy. This year, we sponsor workshops offered by Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition and the BEST Commuter Challenge. What’s good for sustainable transportation is good for Modo.Facebook Like Button

in this issue

a modo million

modo moves - hang on to your hats

modo floaters

vacc about to launch...

great perk from denman bike shop

'engage' now more engaging

fill 'er up!

international carsharing association seeks executive director

featured items

a modo million

Since October 1, Modo has spent over $1 million purchasing vehicles. We’ve replaced over 40 existing vehicles and expanded our fleet by almost 30 vehicles. Almost every Modo neighbourhood has experienced some kind of upgrade or benefit.


By the end of this Spring, we will have about 275 vehicles available for carsharing. This is the biggest planned expansion we’ve had in several years and we would like to thank all our members for making it possible. Without your support and your passion for carsharing, we wouldn’t have been able to pull it all off. So – thank you! Read more about our expansion in the media. Tweet Button

one of modo's new locations at surrey central city

modo moves - hang on to your hats

North Vancouver

  • NEW LOCATION: NV – Safeway at 13th Street and Lonsdale Avenue in the Safeway parking lot, a 2008 blue Dodge Grand Caravan minivan.
  • VEHICLE UPGRADE at NV – Rodger Burns Green, a 2012 green Toyota Matrix hatchback.


  • VEHICLE UPGRADE at UBC Fraser Hall, a 2012 red Toyota Corolla sedan.

Vancouver – West End

  • VEHICLE UPGRADE at Pendrell Plaza, a 2011 silver Ford Ranger truck. 
  • VEHICLE UPGRADE at Haro Villa, a 2012 red Toyota Corolla sedan.
  • VEHICLE CHANGE at Mathew Court, a 2004 silver Honda Civic sedan.

Vancouver – Downtown

  • LOCATION CLOSURE at Atira, due to parking lot resurfacing. The vehicle has been relocated to Alexander + Gore in the Strathcona area.

Vancouver – Kitsilano

  • VEHICLE UPGRADE at W 10th + Burrard, a 2012 green Scion XD hatchback.
  • VEHICLE CHANGE at Kits Beach, a 2006 grey Toyota Corolla sedan.

Vancouver – Cambie Corridor

  • ADDITIONAL VEHICLE at City Hall Surface Lot, a 2012 blue Toyota Prius C hybrid hatchback.
  • VEHICLE UPGRADE at City Hall Upper Deck, a 2012 beige Toyota Corolla sedan.

Vancouver – Commercial Drive

  • NEW LOCATION: Napier at Napier Street and Lakewood Drive in front of 2135 Napier Street, a 2011 green Mazda 2 hatchback.
  • VEHICLE UPGRADE at Victoria Park (Salsbury), a 2009 red Dodge Grand Caravan minivan.

Vancouver – Strathcona

  • NEW LOCATION + NEW VEHICLE: Admiral Seymour at Glen Drive and Keefer Street on the 500 block of Glen Drive, a 2012 orange Toyota Prius C hybrid hatchback.
  • NEW LOCATION: Alexander + Gore in the 200 block of Alexander Street between Gore Street and Main Street, a 2011 red Nissan Versa hatchback.

Vancouver – Hastings Sunrise

  • VEHICLE UPGRADE at McGill Park, a 2011 green Mazda 2 hatchback.

Vancouver – Renfrew Collingwood

  • NEW LOCATION: 29th Avenue SkyTrain at East 29th Avenue and Atlin Street just east of 29th Avenue SkyTrain station, a 2008 red Toyota Yaris sedan.

New Westminster

  • NEW LOCATION: NW – River Market at Quayside Drive and Tenth Street in the parking lot just west of River Market in a designated Modo stall, a 2009 white Dodge Grand Caravan minivan. Learn more about this location in the news.
  • VEHICLE CHANGE at NW – Ash + Fourth, a 2009 blue Nissan Versa hatchback.


  • NEW LOCATION: Sry – Central City at 102 Avenue and 135 Street in the parking lot just south of the bus loop at Surrey Central SkyTrain station, a 2009 red Toyota Prius hybrid hatchback. This vehicle was previously located at Sry – Gateway SkyTrain.

Phew! Looking for more Modo locations? Visit

modo floaters

At a few Modo locations, we sometimes ‘float’ a vehicle or two. This means that a vehicle is placed at that location temporarily – sometimes a few days, sometimes a few weeks. We don’t announce these as Modo Moves because the information changes so often. Currently we have floating vehicles at Broadway SkyTrain and Main Street SkyTrain. As we go to press the following vehicles are available for booking:

  • Broadway SkyTrain: 2007 silver Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, 2007 grey Toyota Yaris sedan, and 2012 red Scion XD hatchback.
  • Main Street SkyTrain: 2007 silver Nissan Versa sedan, 2011 light green Honda CRV sports wagon, and 2012 orange Toyota Prius C hybrid hatchback.

vacc about to launch...

Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition, our beloved VACC, is about to launch a whole new name and look. They’ve planned a big party for the unveiling: it’s the Year of the Bike Kick-off Party which takes place Saturday April 28, 1 to 4pm at the Woodward’s Atrium at 111 West Hastings.


This is planned as a family-friendly event to celebrate bike culture. Some activities include a bike rodeo, bike decorating, face painting, and a unicycle station. See you at the party! Tweet Button

vacc will get a new look on april 28!

great perk from denman bike shop

Modo business member Denman Bike Shop is now offering a great Spring perk to get you bike-ready for the summer. From now until May 18th, bring your Modo invoice to the shop and receive up to $100 off* any regular priced bike when you test ride and purchase a bike on a weekday. Early bird gets the worm!


And year-round, show them your Modo fob and receive 10% off accessories (some exceptions apply).


Visit Denman Bike Shop’s website or inquire in-store for more details. Read more about Denman Bike Shop and why they love to Modo, in our business member spotlight. Facebook Like Button


*the total discount depends on the retail price of the new bike.

denman bike shop now offering a great perk for modo members

'engage' now more engaging

Get ready for some really cool changes tomorrow when you log in to our booking website, Engage. We've re-skinned the site so that it matches the rest of our fun Modo branding.


You’ll also notice some new features to make booking vehicles easier. For example, most vehicle descriptions will include a picture of the type of vehicle, and you can view availability or book a car just one click away from the car map. We hope these additional functions make your carsharing experience with us even better!  Facebook Like Button

engage has been updated with a new look + new functions

fill 'er up!

Our members are doing a great job of filling up using the fuel cards provided by Modo. With tanks getting filled to capacity more often, members don’t have to visit the gas station as often. When you purchase gas using a Modo fuel card, please don't take a receipt.


Please remember: it is still each member’s responsibility to return a Modo vehicle with at least 1/4 tank of gas. If for some reason Modo’s fuel card is declined at the pump, you should pay for the gas and then submit your receipt to us for reimbursement. Don’t forget to write your member number on the receipt.

remember: members need to return vehicles with at least 1/4 tank of gas

international carsharing association seeks executive director

The international CarSharing Association is now seeking someone to fill the position of Executive Director. The successful candidate will get to work from one of the five primary CSA locations: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, and San Francisco. Closing date is April 30, 2012. See the posting in English or French. Facebook Like Button

CSA seeks executive director!

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