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Volume 42 / September 2014

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the new "new year"

Forget January, September is my New Year. Maybe it's the back-to-school energy in the air or the first of the changing leaves, but the day after Labour Day is my time to boot up new projects and set new goals. 


This year, one goal I've set for myself is to get out of my "city bubble" and explore the nature that's practically at my feet. Goal #2: share the experience with my friends.


Where will the new "New Year" take you?


– Anthony, member since 2012

Grandview-Woodland, Vancouver

Favourite car: Nissan Versa Note


Looking for easy access to wild spaces close to home? Check out our list of 6 amazing hikes in and around Vancouver!

in this issue

modo launches in port moody

the modo 8k returns

modo moves

#LetsModo + #LetsHitch

on the modo blog

community calendar

featured items

modo launches in port moody

Big news! Making an official announcement with Mayor Mike Clay, Modo CEO Nathalie Baudoin and staff unveiled the first two carsharing vehicles in Port Moody at a press event on August 13.


Read about it in the Tri-Cities NOW.

Port Moody Mayor and Modo CEO

the modo 8k returns


Just announced: Our family-friendly footrace returns March 22, 2015!


Eager earlybirds can register for the #Modo8k at a deep discount this Saturday at the Eastside 10K, another Canada Running Series footrace. Just look for our booth!

modo moves

Vancouver – West End
LOCATION CLOSED: 1529 Comox @ Nicola

We no longer have a vehicle here due to building construction.



Find a 2014 red Toyota Prius C (#567), a 2013 brown Fiat 500 convertible (#568), and a 2014 silver Nissan Rogue (#569) in the underground parkade at 1051 Broughton Street, on the corner of Comox Street.


Vancouver – False Creek

UPGRADE: Athletes' Village
A 2013 white Dodge Grand Caravan (#548) has replaced the orange Grand Caravan.


FLOATER: Main Street SkyTrain

A 2009 blue Nissan Cube (#238) is here temporarily until its permanent home is ready.


Vancouver – Mount Pleasant

FLOATER: E 5th & Scotia

A 2014 white Toyota Prius V (#563) is here temporarily until its permanent home is ready.


Vancouver – Strathcona

UPGRADE: Fire Hall 1

A 2013 grey Chevrolet Orlando (#562) has replaced the blue Nissan Cube.



Find a 2013 green Fiat 500 convertible (#512) in the lane between Main Street and Gore Avenue, 30 metres north of East Georgia Street.


Vancouver – Oakridge

NEW LOCATION: Langara SkyTrain

Find a 2014 red Fiat 500L (#529) in the parkade at 6385 Cambie Street, just north of West 48th Avenue on the west side of the street. Accessibility warning: this vehicle can only be reached via a flight of 20 stairs.


Burnaby – Metrotown

NEW LOCATION: Royal Oak SkyTrain

Find a 2013 red Dodge Grand Caravan (#534) in the 5100 block of Beresford Street, just east of Burlington Avenue. Our stall is on the north side of the street, slightly raised from street level.


New Westminster – Twelfth Street/West End

CAR CHANGE: Eleventh & Auckland

Find a 2012 red Nissan Versa Hatch (#429) on Eleventh Street.


Port Moody

NEW LOCATION: Port Moody City Hall

Find a 2012 blue Toyota Prius V (#370) on the west side of Knowle Street, in front of Port Moody City Hall, north of the rotunda at Newport Drive.


NEW LOCATION: Suter Brook Village

Find a 2014 white NIssan Versa Note (#557) in front of 400 Capilano Road, just west of Morrissey Road, in a designated stall on the north side of the street.

#LetsModo + #LetsHitch

Pursuing mountain peaks and freshwater lakes, Modo members hit the Sea-to-Sky in droves this summer – and ridesharers were among them.

Rideshare platform HitchWhistler teamed up with Modo to explore a trio of lakes – Garibaldi, Elfin and Buntzen. Get inspired by the stellar videos and photos they captured as proof that the right wheels and good company can transform a nice summer road trip into a full-on expedition.


Modo Member Perk: Want to rideshare with HitchWhistler? Click to get a free year membership!


on the modo blog

>> EV UPDATE  Electric vehicles aren't just the future, they're also the present here in BC. Emotive serves up a State of the Industry report with this guest post.


>> PRO-TIP  Have you noticed a PVRT on your invoice? Bone up on this tax on our blog.


>> HIGH-FIVES  Modo volunteers logged 100+ shifts this summer – and they still wanted to give back!


>> TAKE A HIKE  Join us in supporting this adventure-based learning program for at-risk youth!


>> TAKE 6 LOCAL HIKES  Make getting back to nature part of your new "New Year" with these 6 hikes.


>> TWEET LOVE It brings smiles around the office when we hear from our members online. This tweet about our accessible van was a highlight this month:

community calendar

September 13 – Eastside 10K, Vancouver

The Eastside 10K returns this weekend! Back for its second year, this Canada Running Series event has quickly become a fan favourite. Race day registration available. Look for our booth for a deep discount and on-site registration for the 2015 #Modo8k! 7–10am


September 13 – 8th Annual UNA Barn Raising, UBC
The University Neighbourhoods Association is hosting its annual Barn Raising community festival at the Old Barn Community Centre on Thunderbird Boulevard. Drop by for food, games, entertainment and a chance to get to know the neighbours! Starts at 1pm


September 18–21 – New Forms Festival 2014, Vancouver

As a platform for media art and new genres of music, New Forms 2014 will showcase creative collaborations by a wide range of national and international artists. Tickets here


September 20 – Wesbrook Village Festival, UBC

Celebrate in UBC"s "small town" community at the Wesbrook Village Festival! Kids' crafts and games, free BBQ and live music, featuring Will Stroet, Dr. Strangelove and the UBC Opera. 11–4pm


October 4 – Sad Mag Suburbia Issue Launch Party, Vancouver

Get your hands on the latest issue of Sad Mag at their launch party and sneak a peek at their road-trip photo spread featuring Modo! 7–10pm


October 5 – Hive Pop-Up, Vancouver
Join Mozilla, the Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver Mini Maker Faire and others for the first-ever Hive Pop-Up! Play with machines, get creative and learn about the library's new hackspace. Located at the Central Library on West Georgia Street. 3–6pm


October 8 – Stack The Rack, Vancouver

The 4th annual Stack the Rack benefit for QMUNITY offers a night of delicious wines and tasty food pairings in celebration of the fantastic work and services QMUNITY provides year-round. Tickets


October 19 – RIPE 2014, Vancouver

RIPE is the Vancouver Farmers Markets' annual dinner fundraiser, a harvest celebration showcasing collaborations between the region's top farms and farm-to-table restaurants. The 2014 line-up has been announced and tickets are now available!


October 21 – Megaphone Breakfast, Vancouver

Join the Megaphone Magazine team, CBC's Pat Kelly and Vancity's Tamara Vrooman for a breakfast social with Megaphone vendors in our communities. Hosted at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. 7–9am

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