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December 2014

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Pick up a tree "car-free"

"Our tree pick-up day arrived, filled with 'liquid sunshine', but that didn't dampen the kids' enthusiasm. Pile onto our big cargo bike? Ho hum, we do that nearly every day. But driving somewhere in a big red Modo van? Woohoo!"


– Lisa C., Spokesmama 

Modo member since 2003

#LetsModo vehicle: Dodge Grand Caravan


Before you pick up that Christmas tree this weekend, see how a (nearly) car-free family does it. Shout out to Lisa and family for giving their Modo a quick vacuum after – those pine needles are the worst!

In this issue

New 8-passenger van at Kingsgate Mall!

Stay safe with winter tires

Earn free driving!

Save the date: January 29

In the news

Grouse Mountain promo!

Community Calendar

Modo Moves

Featured articles

New 8-passenger van at Kingsgate Mall!

Stay safe with winter tires

This winter, 43 Modo vehicles will be equipped with winter tires. All other vehicles are equipped with all-season tires – which may not be enough for a wintry trip to Kamloops or even getting around New West on a snow day. Modo's fleet director, Doug, shares why winter tires are your safest option and tips on how to book these vehicles.

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Earn free driving!

Save the date: January 29

January 29, Modo members and friends will gather at our Annual General Meeting and afterwards for our big annual After-Party. Highlights this year: 

  • Member-owners will vote on whether to merge with Victoria Car Share (simultaneously as Victoria members vote at their own AGM).
  • Board of Director election results will be announced. Interested in running? The deadline is today at 5pm!
  • Pre-AGM, Modo staff and management will be on hand to show off what we've been working on (including a preview of our new app!) and to welcome your feedback.
  • Post-AGM, enjoy food, booze, DJ, photobooth, prizes and a chance to meet the extended Modo family at the after-party!
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In the news

>> BC BUSINESS profiled our CEO, Nathalie in a recent Lunch with Lucy column – check it out!


>> OVERNIGHT  Casual members can drive all night for only $24! Perfect for running errands or a late-night date night.


>> BUS CO-OP  We're proud to support the newly launched Langley Bus Co-op! Read all about it.


>> GIFT CERTIFICATES  Our gift certificates make the perfect stocking stuffer!

Modo Gift Certificate

Grouse Mountain promo!

Community Calendar

Add Modo's Community Calendar to your iCal or Google Calendar


Vancouver Farmers Markets

Modo is proud to be all-market sponsor of the 2014/15 Vancouver Farmers Markets

Saturdays 10–2pm, 4601 Ontario St: Winter Market at Nat Bailey


December 11–13 – Lumiere, West End and Yaletown – FREE

The Lumiere Festival has teamed up with the West End and Yaletown BIAs for a bright and shiny 2014. Take the free trolley tour and discover lighting installations, live entertainment and more. Download the map


December 13 – Coquitlam Christmas Market, Coquitlam – FREE
Visit the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex this Saturday for the Coquitlam Christmas Market! Find unique local BC products alogn with kids activities and crafts, food trucks, carollers and more. 9–2pm


December 13–14 – Got Craft?, Vancouver

Got Craft? is held twice a year and features 75+ handmade designers, craft workshops, tasty treats, music, free swag bags and more! 10–5pm


December 13–14 – Shiny Fuzzy Muddy, Vancouver
Find a new household treasure at the annual Shiny Fuzzy Muddy artisan craft sale this weekend at Heritage Hall on Main. With a decided lack of holiday music, you’re sure to find objects of high design quality, craftsmanship and material sensibility. Schedule


December 13–January 2 – Burnaby Village Heritage Christmas, Burnaby
Take in the illuminations of Burnaby Village Museum’s Heritage Christmas this month! Open daily until January 2, 1–9pm. Details


December 15 – HUB Open House, Vancouver – FREE
Celebrate with HUB and BEST members, supporters, volunteers and sponsors at their annual winter gathering. Great company, complimentary refreshments and door prizes await! 5–9pm at Heritage Hall. RSVP


December 20–January 4 – 17th Annual Winter Ice Palace, Surrey
Join the fun at the Cloverdale Arena as it’s transformed into the Winter Ice Palace during the winter break! Book a Modo and take the family for some ice skating fun. Details


January 6 – LOCO First Tuesday Mixer, Richmond
Salt Spring Coffee and 1% for the Planet team up to host the next LOCO First Tuesday Mixer! Hobnob with the movers-and-shakers in Metro Van's local business community at the Salt Spring Coffee roasting facility in Richmond. RSVP


>> EARN 1 FREE HOUR when you book a Modo for the party, take a #selfie in front of the LOCO banner, and share it on social media with the tag #LetsModo!

Modo Moves

Burnaby – Brentwood

CAR CHANGE: Holdom SkyTrain

There's now a 2009 blue Nissan Cube (#238) instead of a Toyota Yaris.


North Vancouver – Lower Lonsdale

UPGRADE: W 5th & Chesterfield

You'll find a 2014 blue Nissan Sentra (#587) instead of a 2010 Versa.


UBC – East Campus

CAR CHANGE: Toronto Road

We've swapped in a 2011 red Nissan Versa hatch (#344) for the Dodge Grand Caravan.


UBC – Main Campus

NEW LOCATION: Place Vanier

Find a 2014 white Toyota Prius V (#563) in front of Place Vanier residences, at the corner of Agricultural Road. Our stall is directly on Lower Mall, just south of the Place Vanier main gates.


Vancouver – Dunbar-Southlands

UPGRADE: Dunbar Community Centre

There's now a 2014 yellow Toyota Prius C (#517) instead of a 2009 Matrix.


Vancouver – Fairview

CAR CHANGE: Fairview Vancity

We've placed a 2013 white Nissan Sentra (#508) instead of a Fiat 500.


Vancouver – False Creek

FLOATERS: Main Street SkyTrain

We're adding a 2015 grey Nissan Rogue (#583) and a 2014 yellow Toyota Prius C (#585) until their permanent home is ready nearby.


Vancouver – Grandview-Woodland

UPGRADE: Alma Blackwell's

There's now a 2014 silver Nissan Sentra (#589) instead of a 2010 Sentra.



You'll find a 2013 white Nissan Versa (#435) at the CCEC Credit Union (2248 Commercial Drive) in the underground parkade. Enter from East 7th and our stalls are at the end of the ramp.


NEW LOCATION: Templeton & E Hastings

You can find a 2014 grey Fiat 500 (#572) in the 300 block of Templeton Drive, between East Hastings and Franklin.


Vancouver – Kitsilano

UPGRADE: Balaclava & W 2nd

There's now a 2014 white Nissan Versa Note (#588) instead of a 2011 Versa hatch.


Vancouver – Mount Pleasant

UPGRADE: City Hall Upper Deck

Find a 2015 white Nissan Rogue (#590) instead of a 2013 Sentra.


NEW VEHICLE: Kingsgate Mall

Our first premium 8-passenger minivan, a 2015 grey Kia Sedona (#591), joins the pickup truck at Kingsgate Mall.


Vancouver – West Point Grey

CAR CHANGE: Tolmie & W 10th

There's now a 2009 grey Toyota Yaris hatch (#250) instead of a Honda Civic.


West Vancouver – Horseshoe Bay


There's now a 2009 grey Toyota Matrix (#266) instead of a Dodge Grand Caravan.

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