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August 2017 — Lower Mainland Edition

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This summer, take your Modo everywhere!

Getting out of town is easy with Modo's diverse fleet of cars, trucks, vans and SUVs close to transit. With Modo, you're ready for outdoor adventures.


Camping, heading to the lake, or going for a hike? Sometimes you need a vehicle to get outside! With Modo's fleet of 600 vehicles, you can always get the right sized car for your trip. Whether you need lots of cargo room for camping gear or additional passengers, our SUVs, minivans and pick-ups are a great solution to fit everything you need and with lots of locations close to transit and seven cars at ferry terminals, getting out of town is easier!


“With the exception of a few hikes, most aren’t accessible by transit so you usually need a car to get you there. Since we don’t own a car, we use Modo and it’s brilliant.” — Modo Ambassador Alicia Haque shares her favourite hikes around Vancouver with Modo. 


A great addition if you need to get more gear or pick up rentals: The new Modo on the rooftop of the MEC on Broadway (Hyundai Tucson #977) has a hitch for bike racks and roof racks, so you can load up your gear hassle-free.


We love seeing our members' outdoor adventures. Use the hashtag #modoeverywhere on social media to share your best pics with the Modo community! 

In this issue

Modo Moves

Pro Tip: Modo to the US

Take a Trip: Manning Park

Modo x Vancouver Mural Festival

Quick Poll

Seat Sale

On the Blog

Community Calendar

Featured articles

Modo Moves

For a list of all moves in the Lower Mainland, Greater Victoria and Nanaimo please visit our blog.

Burnaby – Brentwood Town Centre

NEW LOCATION at Douglas & Lougheed: a 2014 blue Nissan Versa Note (#519) now lives in a designated stall on the southwest side of Douglas Road, just south of Lougheed Highway. Ours is the last stall in the wide curved parking pullout.

New Westminster – Downtown

CAR CHANGE at Columbia SkyTrain: a 2017 white Honda Fit (#991) has replaced the 2015 Toyota Prius C.

Richmond – City Centre

LOCATION MOVE: our Richmond Hospital car has moved across the street to the Richmond Health Sciences Centre. You can now find a 2017 white Hyundai Tucson (#888) in the lot on the southwest corner of Westminster Highway and Gilbert Road. The vehicle entrance is from Azure Drive, but you can also walk in (and be closer to our car) from Westminster.

Surrey – City Centre

CAR CHANGE at New City Hall Parking Level 1: a 2014 yellow Toyota Prius C (#517) has replaced the otherwise identical blue one.


Coquitlam – Coquitlam Town Centre

NEW LOCATION at Pinetree & David: a 2014 white Nissan Sentra (#575) now lives in a designated stall on the west side of Pinetree Way, about 75 metres downhill from David Avenue.

UBC – East Campus

UPGRADE at Acadia Commons Block: a 2017 white Honda Fit (#993) has replaced the 2012 Toyota Matrix.

UBC – Main Campus

UPGRADE at UBC Bookstore: a 2017 black Toyota Prius V (#826) has replaced the 2013 Ford CMAX.

UBC – Wesbrook Place

UPGRADE at Wesbrook Discovery Centre: a 2017 white Hyundai Elantra (#954) has replaced the 2009 Nissan Cube.

Vancouver – Dunbar-Collingwood

UPGRADE at Dunkirk & W King Edward: a 2017 white Kia Sedona (#962) has replaced the 2012 Chevrolet Orlando.


CAR CHANGE at Dunbar Community Centre: a 2014 blue Nissan Versa Note (#496) has replaced the 2014 Toyota Prius C.


Vancouver – Fairview

UPGRADE at W 14th & Hemlock: a 2017 white Honda Fit (#988) has replaced the 2012 Toyota Matrix.


Vancouver – False Creek

CAR CHANGE at Lido: a 2017 white Hyundai Tucson (#979) has replaced the 2015 Nissan Rogue.


Vancouver – Grandview Woodland 

UPGRADE at Ace of Suedes: a 2017 red Toyota Prius (#994) has replaced the 2013 Ford CMAX.


UPGRADE at Talishan Woods: a 2017 white Hyundai Tucson (#982) has replaced the 2014 Nissan Rogue.


Vancouver – Hastings-Sunrise

UPGRADE at Frog Hollow: a 2017 white Honda Fit (#990) has replaced the 2014 Nissan Versa Note. 


Vancouver – Killarney

CAR CHANGE at Red Alder Trail: a 2014 white Nissan Rogue (#536) has replaced the 2012 Dodge Journey.


Vancouver – Kitsilano 

UPGRADE at W 11th & Trafalgar: a 2017 red Hyundai Tucson (#924) is replacing the 2012 Chevrolet Orlando … but for the rest of the summer, we’re keeping both cars at this location. 


UPGRADE at Walnut: a 2017 white Hyundai Elantra (#953) has replaced the 2013 Toyota Corolla.


UPGRADE at Maple & W 13th: a 2017 white Hyundai Elantra (#952) has replaced the 2014 Nissan Sentra.


Vancouver  Marpole

NEW LOCATION at Airport Square: a 2015 red Fiat 500 now lives in a parking lot on the east side of Hudson Street, between West 73rd Avenue and Southwest Marine Drive, behind Airport Square Hotel. 


Vancouver  Mount Pleasant

UPGRADE at City Hall Surface Lot: a 2017 white Toyota Prius (#983) has replaced the 2010 Honda Insight.


UPGRADE at Kingsgate Mall: a 2017 white Nissan Frontier (#896) has replaced the 2010 Mazda B2300. 


NEW LOCATION at MEC Vancouver Store: find a 2017 white Hyundai Tucson (#977) on the rooftop parkade of the MEC Vancouver store at 130 West Broadway. This vehicle is equipped with a roof rack and a bike rack hitch receiver, so that members of both co-ops — Modo and MEC — can more easily get their purchases & rentals home. 


Vancouver – Renfrew Collingwood

ANOTHER CAR at Renfrew SkyTrain: a 2017 white Hyundai Tucson (#978) has joined the Nissan Frontier on the south side of East 12th Avenue between Renfrew Street and Kaslo Street.


Vancouver  Strathcona

UPGRADE at Fire Hall 1: a 2017 white Hyundai Tucson (#980) is replacing the 2014 Chevrolet Orlando...but for the rest of the summer, we’re keeping both cars at this location.


UPGRADE at MacLean Park: a 2017 white Hyundai Elantra (#1009) has replaced the 2014 Nissan Versa Note. 


Vancouver  West End

UPGRADE at The Windsor: a 2017 red Hyundai Elantra (#943) has replaced the 2009 Nissan Cube.

Pro Tip: Modo to the US

We frequently get asked by members if it's possible to take a Modo to the United States. Good news: It is! Our fleet insurance covers you to drive anywhere in Canada and the US.


Our advice before you go: Give yourself a bit of extra time to inspect your Modo—inside and out—so you can say with confidence you know all contents of the vehicle. 


"You can book in increments as small as 15 minutes, so if you need a car for 26 hours, you don't end up paying for two full days like you do with a rental." — Emma Gilchrist, Modo Ambassador.


What you need to know before you take a Modo across the border.

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Take a Trip: Manning Park

Take a Modo camping and unplug for the weekend. Guest blogger Megan Kennedy explored Manning Park on BC Day long weekend—a great destination to hike amongst wildflowers in the spring and summer.


Modo: Jeep Renegade

Features: Backup camera, AWD

Staff Tip: Book a Modo with roof racks and a hitch for bike racks if you're planning to take your bike camping!


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Modo x Vancouver Mural Festival

Modo has partnered with the Vancouver Mural Festival to wrap one of our brand new cargo vans in local art! We are proud supporters of the local arts community and our jury of partners and ambassadors helped us decide on a fitting design celebrating "20 years of supporting the arts," submitted by VMF artist Andrew Tavukciyan


"I love doing vinyl wraps like this, it's always an interesting and rewarding challenge dealing with different templates and forms. This van decal is definitely the largest one I've done, which offered a lot of freedom in regards to scaling and the composition. I was able to treat this like a large painting or mural without having to worry too much about where everything was going, like I've had to do in the past with more restricting forms." - Andrew Tavukciyan on his design.


Thanks to our jury members: Esther Rausenberg (Eastside Culture Crawl), Adrian Crook (Modo Ambassador), Selena McLachlan (Modo), Brent Granby (Modo Member, artist at Parker Street Studios), Tara Flynn (DOXA) and Sam Snobelen (Out on Screen)!


The cargo van will be ready for your bookings in the next week!

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Quick Poll

Did you hear about our new location at MEC? Lots of fellow Modo members are also MEC members—are you?


Take our August quick poll!

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Seat Sale

Save 10% off your entire booking with Modo's Seat Sale!


Starting August 8th and ending August 28th, bookings in these cars are 10% off! 

Vancouver, Marpole — Airport Square

  • A 2015 red Fiat 500 (#600)

Vancouver, Strathcona — MacLean Park

  • A 2017 white Hyundai Elantra (#1009)

Burnaby, Edmonds Town Centre — Edmonds SkyTrain

  • A 2011 red Nissan Juke (#302)
  • A 2017 white Toyota Prius C (#931

Note: Any bookings at these specific locations during the Seat Sale period will automatically have the discount applied.

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On the Blog

>> RE-CYCLING Our Modo Business members AMS Bike Co-op at UBC are using Modo trucks for a weekly drop-off of rubber at the recycling depot. 


>> FOLK FEST Modo member and avid volunteer Elinor Warkentin shared her volunteering story with the Vancouver Folk Fest. 


>> RICHMOND Two Prius hybrid vehicles at Richmond City Hall improve access to a carsharing vehicles in the region! Read more


>> GROUNDSWELL Modo Business member Groundswell is hosting a weekly Marketplace at Granville Island every Tuesday until September, 11am-4pm and Modo is proud to be a sponsor.


Update: Groundswell Market is moving to Granville Island permanently!


>> VANCOUVER ISLAND Modo Ambassador Emma Gilchrist shared her 3 favourite things about carsharing with Modo.


>> BACK TO SCHOOL Get a $30 shopping gift card at Tsawwassen Mills when parking your Modo there for 2 hours or more. More info


>> FERRY CONVENIENT Check our list of seven Modo cars located at the main ferry terminals Horseshoe Bay, Tsawwassen, Swartz Bay and Departure Bay and learn about the new Coast Car Co-op car at Langdale and how to access it.


>> MEMBER PARKING Modo members enjoy parking perks at these stores and local mountains listed on our page.


Community Calendar

August 10- 20 — Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Out On Screen is proud to present the Vancouver Queer Film Festival this summer at various theatres, including a new Festival venue, the York Theatre on Commercial Drive. The 11-day festival, now in its 29th year, is the largest queer arts event in Western Canada and the second-largest film festival in Vancouver!  More


August 12 — Vancouver Mural Festival

Vancouver's largest free public art celebration starts brings new permanent street art to the city. Don't miss the Mount Pleasant Street Party on August 12th 12-6pm and watch for the Modo cargo van being unveiled in the next days! More info

August 21, 23 and 24 — Thingery Site Design Meetings

Vancouver is getting three "lending libraries of things," coordinated by founder and Modo member Chris Diplock. Join the community events in Hastings-Sunrise, Grandview-Woodland and Kitsilano to help plan the future neighbourhood lending hubs.


September 16 — Bike the Night

On Saturday, September 16th join HUB Cycling and more than 5000 other riders for Vancouver’s only official night ride on city streets! Tickets are $10 for HUB Members ($15 for non-members) until September 1st! Register here


Until September — Groundswell Marketplace

Every Tuesday on Granville Island: Visit the Community Marketplace from June to September between 11 am and 4 pm at Triangle Square (just south of the Public Market) for vendors, workshops, art installations, entertainment and more.

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