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Volume 28 / June 2013

Scion FR-S

carsharing just got a whole lot sexier

You may have already heard the news about the newest addition to Modo's fleet or seen her prowling the streets while our fleet staff were taking calibrations... Make no mistake, you – yes, you! – are now the proud owner of a five-alarm fire engine red Scion FR-S. With a boxer engine, 6-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, the FR-S is ridiculous fun to drive and a real head-turner. Expect to get lots of attention when you're behind the wheel!


Available for booking immediately, Vehicle #467 will live at the Main Street SkyTrain lot until making its permanent home at Wall Centre False Creek (near 1st and Columbia). Happy sharing!

in this issue

a cargo van that drives like a sedan

vote modo, win prizes

roam the world with modo

1-2-3 sharing in chinatown

pro tip: leave no trace

community calendar

modo moves

featured items

a cargo van that drives like a sedan

Read about our newest cargo van, Vehicle #460, on the Modo blog!

vote modo, win prizes

Think you're a member of the best carshare in Vancouver? Vote for Vancouver's only member-owned carsharing co-op in the Georgia Straight's annual Best of Vancouver awards! 


Not only will your vote help increase the exposure of Modo's service, attracting new members and increasing our capacity to expand into new areas, but your vote will also enter you to win some pretty rad prizes...


Thanks to LOCO for nominating Modo amongst its members for not only Best Car-Share Service but also Best Employer and Most Environmentally Responsible Company!


Vote Modo and share widely! Thanks!

Vote for Modo for Best Carshare in Vancouver!

roam the world with modo

One of the perks of being a Modo member is the ability to carshare in other cities. That’s right, using your Modo membership, you can book vehicles in cities as far off as Melbourne, Australia, or as close by as Nanaimo, BC! 


Speaking of Nanaimo… Modo and the Nanaimo CarShare Co-op now offer reciprocal roaming rights! Which means you can walk on the ferry at Horseshoe Bay or hop a floatplane from downtown Vancouver and have wheels ready for you on the other side!


Find step-by-step instructions for taking advantage of this awesome member perk, plus read a fellow member's account of a recent roaming adventure on our blog.

roaming with modo

1-2-3 sharing in chinatown

1. Modo Member Night: August 9, join us at the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, where we'll be transforming an entire parking lot into a Sharing Station! Come out to meet and mingle with other members - and listen to performances by St James Music Academy and City Opera Vancouver. Want to help with the event?


2. Modo's Sharing Station will also be offering Night Market-goers a taste of Vancouver's sharing economy with Trade School Vancouver, the Share Shed and others, on July 5, July 12 and August 17. Read about our contest in the Community Calendar below!


3. Love Letters To Chinatown Podcast now live! Listen to the first in this series documenting the stories and sounds of Chinatown, by Co-op Radio's Tanya Hill, presented by Modo and To contribute your own story, find Tanya at the market July 5, July 19, August 9, August 16 and August 30.

Tanya and Ken at Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

pro tip: leave no trace

Member Care staffer Alissa Raye offers this month's pro tip, which she calls "The Campsite Rule: Leave it better than you found it":


When my booking comes to an end, I always try to leave the vehicle tidy because it feels good to do my part to help my sharing community. This means getting rid of any bits of garbage, shaking out the mats, making sure the seats are all up, and sometimes wiping the cupholder.


If you ever notice that the vehicle could use a wash or vacuum, like after a longer booking, remember that Modo will always reimburse the cost. You can claim a $5 usage credit if you get both a wash and vacuum, and submit a proof of purchase!


If the vehicle needs extra loving attention, don't hesitate to let Modo know. Katherine, from our Fleet Service team, will take care of it right away.

Alissa answers "What Does Modo Mean To Me?"

community calendar

Modo Sharing Station at Main Street Car Free Day, Vancouver
What Do You Want To Share?
Leslie Kennah photo from Main Street Car Free Day, June 16 

Jun 27 – Undercover Wine Tasting Benefit, Vancouver

Sleuthing for wines can be a daunting experience, especially when looking for great value on a budget. Experience a "blind" wine tasting hosted by wine expert and personality Kurtis Kolt, at Undercover, a fundraiser to benefit Modo Community Partner Shooting Stars Foundation. Featuring special guests WineMonkey, who will provide a "hands on/tongues on" interactive experience to help you sniff and sip your way to wines you love. All proceeds will benefit the Shooting Stars Foundation in support of local direct service HIV/AIDS agencies. Tickets


Jun 28 – Modo Neighbourhood BBQ at Mergatroid Building, Vancouver – FREE
Modo recently brought a minivan to the Mergatroid building, parked right outside the Terminal City Glass Co-op, and we want to meet the neighbours! Join us for a community BBQ and a chance to meet other artists and crafts people with studios at the Mergatroid, 1000 Parker and the surrounding area. We'll be serving up burgers, quesadillas, slaw and all the fixings! Hosted by Terminal City Glass Co-op and sponsored by Modo. Pets welcome! Details


Jun 29  East Side Pride, Vancouver – FREE

As a proud sponsor of this year's Pride festivities, Modo is joining the East Van party on Commercial Drive, as East Side Pride returns to Grandview Park. The community celebration is a fun day for the entire family. Stop by our booth and say hi! Details


Jun 30  Groundswell Open House, Vancouver  FREE

Groundswell is a year-long training institute designed to assist people under 35 in developing the skills to build their own sustainable enterprises, including but not limited to co-ops, self-employment, social businesses, collectives, non-profits and other grassroots economic configurations that can contribute significantly to an emerging social or solidarity economy. Groundswell's founders Matt Hern and Gilad Babchuk are hosting the final Open House/Info Session of the summer this Sunday at 7 pm at KICKSTAND (Commercial and Venables, in the basement of the Astorino's building). RSVP at


Jul 413  Dancing on the Edge Festival, Vancouver

The Dancing on the Edge Festival of Contemporary Dance is back! Started in 1988, this festival has brought some of the world’s brightest and edgiest talent to the streets and stages of Vancouver for 25 years. For 2013, the Festival will be presenting dancers from across Canada in multiple venues, from the Firehall Arts Centre to Portside Park, from the Chinatown Night Market to the beautiful Scotiabank Dance Centre. Tickets


Jul 5  Modo Sharing Station, Chinatown Night Market, Vancouver  FREE

Trade School Vancouver will join us in our booth to offer a taste of the sharing economy. Stop by to meet new and dear friends, take in a workshop or simply relax for a moment away from the hubbub of the market. 


*** CONTEST: Win 2 tickets to a Vancouver Canadians baseball game this summer! To enter, snap a pic of you or a friend at Modo's Sharing Station and share via Twitter, Facebook and/or Flickr (don't forget to tag Modo and #SharingStation!), then email a screenshot of your share to with the subject line "Modo Sharing Station Contest". Deadline to enter is July 15. ***


Jul 1114  City Commons, Vancouver  FREE

The Vancouver Tool Library is taking do-it-yourself to a whole new level with City Commons, an interactive event that encourages community members to repair, transform and make shared places. By day, participants will collaborate on placemaking projects such as street murals, building community gardens and other food assets, educational or play areas, and neighbourhood sharing stations. In the evening, we will continue to gather for workshops, music, and theatrical performances that celebrate our communities. Details


Jul 12 – Modo Sharing Station, Chinatown Night Market, Vancouver – FREE

Share Shed will join us in our booth to offer a taste of the sharing economy. Stop by to meet new and dear friends, participate in our photo booth project answering the question "What do you want to share?" or simply relax for a moment away from the hubbub of the market.


*** CONTEST: See Jul 5 Sharing Station listing! ***


Jul 12–14 – Living Wellness: Summer Weekend Retreat, Howe Sound

From urban isolation to nature deficit, creative withdrawal to sedentary habits, our communities feel stuck. But there's positive change happening – in all neighbourhoods, industries and generations. Retreat this summer to Fircom, just 60 minutes from downtown Vancouver, to share fun, creative, tangible knowledge and get unstuck. Details


Jul 14 – Modo Sharing Station, Show & Shine, New Westminster – FREE

Modo is excited to bring our Sharing Station to this year's popular street fair in downtown New West as part of the annual Show & Shine's new future-focused Electric Avenue. We'll have experts on hand to discuss shared mobility, electric vehicles, cycling, community building and more – in addition to the annual event's offerings of cool cars, great eats, and free interactive fun for the whole family. Details


Jul 21 – HUB Summer Picnic, Vancouver – FREE

As Platinum Members of HUB, Modo is looking forward to joining the annual potluck picnic for all HUB-minded folks. Celebrate bikeness with outdoor games and music at John Hendry Park (aka Trout Lake) from 4–9pm. Details


Jul 27 – Trade School 'Summer Field Trip' at Jericho Beach, Vancouver – FREE

Trade School Vancouver will host several classes outdoors, plus a barbecue, games and great people. Follow their Facebook Page for details.


Jul 27 – Picnic In the Park, Vancouver – FREE

Join Modo and the Vancouver Pride Society as we celebrate the official launch of Vancouver Pride 2013. Famous for nostalgic summer-time games, Picnic In the Park promises to bring the whole family together – dogs too! The festivities begin at 12 noon at Brockton Oval in Stanley Park. Details


Jul 2728  2nd annual JDRF Dodgbeball Open, Richmond
In partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the BC Professional Firefighters Association, the International Dodgeball Association presents: JDRF Dodgeball Open. Held at the Richmond Olympic Oval, the goal is to fundraise for the research of finding a cure to Juvenile Diabetes through the exciting game of dodgeball, and to bring together dodgeball players from all over the world to support this meaningful cause. Details


Aug 4 – PRIDE PARADE, Vancouver – FREE

Modo is a proud sponsor of the annual Pride Parade, when more than 700,000 spectators take in the city’s largest and most colourful festival. The fifth largest Pride Parade in the world, with spectators and participants outnumbering residents! Fun game: count the number of Modo vehicles you see in the parade! Details


Aug 9 – Modo Member Night at Chinatown Night Market, Vancouver – FREE

Join us at the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, where we'll be transforming an entire parking lot into a Sharing Station! Come out to meet and mingle with other members – and listen to performances by St James Music Academy and City Opera Vancouver. 


Aug 17 – Modo Sharing Station, Chinatown Night Market, Vancouver – FREE

Trade School Vancouver will join us again in our booth to offer a taste of the sharing economy. Stop by to meet new and dear friends, take in a workshop or simply relax for a moment away from the hubbub of the market.


Farmers Markets all summer long!
Load up on fresh veggies and fruits, baked goods, dairy and more at these local farmers markets:
• Trout Lake: Saturdays, 9–2 pm until October 19

• West End: Saturdays, 9–2 pm until October 19
• Kerrisdale: Saturdays, 10–2 pm until October 12

• River District: Saturdays, 10–3 pm until October 26

• Burnaby Market: Saturdays, 9–2 pm until October 26

• Lonsdale Quay, North Van: Saturdays, 10–3 pm until October 26

• Kitsilano: Sundays, 10–2 pm until October 20

• Ambleside Market, West Van: Sundays, 10–3 pm until October 27

• Shangri-La: every second Sunday, 11–2 pm until September 22
• Main Street Station: Wednesdays, 3–7 pm until October 2
• Oak Street: Wednesdays, 3–7 pm until October 30 (the only ALL organic market)

• Royal City, New West: Thursdays, 3–7 pm until October 10


modo moves

Vancouver - West End

UPGRADE: Mole Hill-Thurlow

We've upgraded our 2007 Dodge Caravan to a 2013 white Nissan NV-200 cargo van. Like the Ford Econoline cargo van at Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain, this is a premium vehicle, and subject to Modo's premium rates. It's slightly smaller than the Econoline, and easier to manoeuvre.


Vancouver - Downtown

UPGRADE & SWAP: Wall Centre & Electric Avenue/Scotia Theatre

We used to have a minivan at Wall Centre and a Smart car at Electric Avenue – now it's the other way around. The 2008 white Smart ForTwo convertible (#221) now lives at Wall Centre. The minivan now lives at Electric Avenue and has been upgraded from a 2007 Mazda 5 to a 2013 blue Chevrolet Orlando (#464).


FLOATER: Modo Office Parkade

Find a 2013 red Fiat 500 convertible (#466) at 443 Seymour St in stalls 111 or 112.


Vancouver - Gastown

FLOATER: Woodward's

Find a 2006 red Toyota Yaris hatch (#120) in the EasyPark lot on Cordova St between Cambie and Abbott streets, on Level 4.


Vancouver - Yaletown

UPGRADE: Marinaside

We've replaced our 2011 Mazda 2 with a 2012 silver Mazda 3 wagon (#469).


Vancouver - False Creek

NEW LOCATION: Olympic Village SkyTrain

Find a 2011 red Nissan Juke (#302) in the EasyPark lot at Olympic Village SkyTrain station, next to the Modo sign.


FLOATERS: Main Street SkyTrain

Find a 2010 red Toyota Prius (#285) and a 2013 red Scion FR-S (#467) in the EasyPark lot at the corner of Main St and Terminal Ave.


Vancouver - Fairview

FLOATER: Granville Island

Find a 2010 silver Toyota Matrix (#364) in the 1400 block of Lamey's Mill Rd just east of the entrance to Granville Island.


UPGRADE: Ecole Bilingue

We've replaced our 2009 Toyota Yaris with a 2013 blue Toyota Prius C (#472).


Vancouver - South Cambie

UPGRADE: City Square

We've replaced our 2010 Toyota Prius with a 2012 silver Mazda 3 sedan (#474).


UPGRADE: King Edward SkyTrain

We've replaced our 2006 Toyota Yaris with a 2009 brown Nissan Cube (#473).


Vancouver - Mount Pleasant


Find a 2011 green Mazda 2 hatchback (#317) in the 500 block of East 13th Ave, between St George and Carolina streets. Park on the south side of the street, next to Robson Park.  


Vancouver - Riley Park

FLOATER: E 28th & Prince Edward

Find a 2011 red Dodge Caravan (#476) in the 400 block of E 28 Ave, between Prince Edward and St George streets.


Vancouver - Grandview-Woodland


Find a 2012 purple Scion iQ (#459) car next to Vancouver Fire Hall #9, at the corner of East 2nd and Victoria Dr. Park on the south side of East 2nd. 


Vancouver - Renfrew

NEW LOCATION: Nanaimo & Copley

Find a 2008 grey Toyota Corolla (#289) in front of 3440 Nanaimo St, a few blocks north of the SkyTrain station and just east of Trout Lake. Copley St intersects Nanaimo twice, once at East 18th Ave and once at East 20th Ave; our car is parked between these intersections. 


Burnaby - Brentwood

NEW LOCATION: Holdom SkyTrain

Find a 2009 grey Toyota Yaris hatchback (#250) in the parking lot at Rev's Bowling, immediately west of Holdom SkyTrain. Park in stall #123, next to the Modo sign. 


Burnaby - Metrotown

NEW LOCATION: Maywood & Willingdon

Find a 2012 silver Mazda 3 sedan (#468) in the 4200 block of Maywood Street, between Willingdon Avenue and Cassie Avenue.


UPGRADE: Patterson SkyTrain

We've replaced our 2010 Toyota Matrix with a 2012 red Toyota Prius C (#475).

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