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April 2015

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Welcome to Modo, Victoria!

Ever since our members voted to join forces back in January, we've been pondering the best way to mark Modo's official launch in Victoria. What better way than with a parade? On April 1, member-volunteers from the Island and mainland swapped 23 Victoria Car Share vehicles with new Modos, and added a new location at Bastion Square Parkade.


Thanks to everyone who helped us launch our fleet in Victoria!


VIDEO: See the parade in action!

In this issue

Pro Tip: Before you begin, you've got to fob in

#LetsModo: Where to shop for the best selection of Mexican ingredients

In the news

Grow your business with Co-operate Now

Community Calendar

Modo Moves

Featured articles

Pro Tip: Before you begin, you've got to fob in


So, you packed your bag, booked a Modo and you’re ready to go. Now to access the car.


Simple as it seems, members new to Modo may find it can take a few swipes before fobbing in and out feels natural. Read our blog post for the 3 Signs of a Successful Fob In and some common reasons why you might be having trouble.

#LetsModo: Where to shop for the best selection of Mexican ingredients


For the third year, hobby chefs across Vancouver opened their homes and welcomed hungry diners for a good meal and a good cause. We were happy to partner with #dinnerpartyYVR once again to provide free rides to the after-party – and to help some hobby chefs prep for the big day.


Read Jennifer's post about her first-ever Modo trip and where to find some of the best Mexican fiesta ingredients in Vancouver.

In the news

>> SHOUT OUT  Next week is National Volunteer Week, and we think Modo's fantastic member-volunteers deserve an award!


>> HOW-TO VIDEOS  Booking a stow-n-go van? Or an electric vehicle? Check our How To playlist on YouTube for some tips and tricks.


>> WHY I RUN  Following a successful, injury-free run at the #Modo8k, Modo member Elinor shares her running story.

Grow your business with Co-operate Now


Inspired by Modo's business model and dreaming of building a social impact business with principle at the heart of what it does?


The British Columbia Co-operative Association (BCCA) and Vancity want to give social entrepreneurs a leg up on launching and running their own co-op through Co-operate Now, a co-op business education program. Featuring interactive workshops with local co-op leaders, the program runs May 28–June 1 in Vancouver.


Contact for complete schedule and registration details.

Community Calendar

Through to April 29 – Drop-In Trail Nights at Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver

All skill levels are welcome for this great evening workout every Monday and Wednesday at Grouse Mountain. Details


April 1–12 – Tulips of the Valley, Agassiz

Book a Modo and head to Agassiz to take in the scents and sights of the 2015 Tulips of the Valley Festival. Kids 12 and under get free admission. If you can't make it to Agassiz this weekend, why not visit our friends across the border at the Skagit Tulip Festival until April 30?


April 17 – Cabaret Outré, Victoria

Cabaret Outré is a special fundraiser performance in support of OUTstages, Intrepid Theatre's brand new queer theatre festival. Tickets


April 25 – Poets Converse with Street Art, Victoria – FREE

Hosted by Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer and Youth Poet Laureate Zoé Duhaime. During the tour, poets will read an original poem written in response to a downtown art piece. Register


May 1 – Commercial Drive Street Party, Vancouver – FREE

Head to Grandview Park on May 1 for the first ever Commercial Drive Street Party. Music starts at 8:30pm and the roaming dance party kicks off at 9pm. Details


May 2 – Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival, Cloverdale

This fun family event returns to the Cloverdale Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 2. Featuring 20 food trucks, artisans, music, a beer garden and more. $2.00 at the door. Details


May 25–31 – Bike to Work Week, Vancouver

Register now with HUB for Bike to Work Week in Vancouver! There's daily bike draws along with other amazing prizes, including a European cycling trip for two! Register


Modo Moves

Greater Victoria


SWAP: Skyline Residences

There's now a 2010 white Nissan Versa hatch (#353) instead of a 2008 grey Nissan Versa hatch.


Oak Bay

UPGRADE: Oak Bay Library

Find a 2013 red Nissan Sentra (#416) instead of a 2010 black Kia Forte.


Saanich – Gordon Head

UPGRADE: Tuscany Village

You'll now find a 2014 red Nissan Versa Note (#492) instead of a 2008 silver Mazda 3.


Saanich – University of Victoria

UPGRADE: Campus Security

There's now a 2010 grey Toyota Corolla (#362) instead of a 2007 white Mazda 3.


UPGRADE: Family Student Housing

Find a 2012 blue Dodge Journey (#389) instead of a 2008 black Mazda 5.


Victoria – Downtown

NEW LOCATION: Bastion Square Parkade

You can find a 2012 red Toyota Corolla (#399) in the Bastion Square Parkade, at the corner of Yates Street and Langley Street. Our stall is at ground level: enter from Yates, turn left, and park in the last "reserved" stall before the ramp.


UPGRADE: Centennial Square Parkade

We've placed a 2011 green Mazda 2 (#316) instead of a 2008 blue Honda Civic.


SWAP: Johnson Street Parkade

Find a 2012 yellow Fiat 500 convertible (#326) instead of 2014 aqua Toyota Prius.


Victoria – Fairfield

SWAP: Burdett

There's now a 2012 blue Toyota Prius V (#434) instead of a 2014 red Toyota Prius C.


SWAP: Collinson

You'll find a 2014 red Toyota Prius C (#506) instead of a 2014 white Toyota Prius C.


SWAP: Cook Street Village

A 2009 blue Nissan Cube (#238) is now located at Cook Street Village instead of a 2010 white Nissan Cube.


Victoria – Fernwood

SWAP: Fernwood & Johnson

We've swapped a 2009 blue Nissan Versa hatch (#363) for the 2010 blue Nissan Versa hatch.


SWAP: Fernwood Community Centre

This location now holds a 2013 blue Toyota Prius C (#455) and a 2014 silver Nissan Frontier (#580) instead of a 2014 grey Toyota Prius C and 2015 white Nissan Frontier.



You'll find a 2014 white Nissan NV200 (#565) instead of a 2011 white Ford Transit. This cargo van is subject to Modo's premium rates.


Victoria – James Bay

SWAP: James Bay Square

There's now a 2014 silver Nissan Rogue (#542) instead of a 2014 blue Toyota Prius C.


SWAP: Kingston & Montreal

This location now has a 2009 brown Nissan Cube (#473) instead of a 2010 blue Nissan Cube.


SWAP: The Q: Blanshard

It may look like the same car, but we've swapped in a 2013 green Fiat 500 (#452) for the previous 2013 green Fiat 500.


SWAP: The Q: Douglas

Find a 2013 red Scion FR-S (#467) instead of a 2013 green Fiat 500.



UPGRADE: Jubliee Ave

We've placed a 2014 blue Nissan Versa Note (#497) instead of a 2010 red Nissan Versa.


UPGRADE: Oak Bay Junction

A 2013 blue Nissan Sentra (#417) is now located at Oak Bay Junction instead of a 2007 red Toyota Yaris.


Victoria – North Park

SWAP: North Park

There's now a 2010 blue Nissan Versa hatch (#310) instead of a 2009 red Toyota Yaris.


Victoria – Oaklands

SWAP: Hillside & Cedar Hill

You'll find a 2011 white Dodge Grand Caravan (#403) instead of a 2009 grey Mazda 5.


Victoria – Victoria West

SWAP: Dockside Green

We've swapped a 2010 blue Honda Insight (#269) for the 2010 silver Honda Insight.


Metro Vancouver

Burnaby – Brentwood

UPGRADE: Holdom SkyTrain

There's now a red 2015 Kia Rondo (#677) at Holdom SkyTrain instead a 2009 blue Nissan Cube.


Burnaby – Metrotown

SWAP: Patterson SkyTrain

There's now a 2015 grey Toyota Prius (#673) instead of a 2014 red Toyota Prius C.


FLOATER: Metroplace

We've temporarily downgraded the Metroplace truck to a 2010 blue Mazda B2300 (#280) while we ready a permanent replacement.


Vancouver – Downtown

NEW LOCATION: Telus Garden

You can find a 2014 silver Toyota Prius C (#585) at Telus Garden, 575 West Georgia Street, in the underground parking lot. Enter the parkade from Richards Street, through the small alley next to the Kingston Hotel. At the end of the alley, the parkade entrance is on your right.


FLOATERS: Stadium SkyTrain

A 2015 blue Maxda 3 Sport (#592) and 2015 red Fiat 500 Abarth (#586) remain at Stadium SkyTrain until their permanent home is ready.


Vancouver – Dunbar-Southlands

SWAP: Wallace & W 18th

There's now a 2015 blue Fiat 500 (#672) instead of a 2013 green Fiat 500.


Vancouver – False Creek


You can find a 2014 yellow Toyota Prius C (#585) at Lido, 180 Switchmen Street, between Quebec and Main Street.


UPGRADE: Athletes' Village

There's now a 2015 Kia Soul (#670) at Athletes' Village instead of a 2011 blue Mazda 2.


SWAP: Walter Hardwick-Urban Fare

There's now a 2011 blue Mazda 2 (#321) instead of a 2012 blue Toyota Prius V.


FLOATER: Main Street SkyTrain

A 2015 grey Nissan Rogue (#583) remains at Main Street SkyTrain until its permanent home is ready.


Vancouver – Kitsilano

UPGRADE: Maple Community Garden

You'll find a 2015 red Kia Rondo (#668) instead of a 2012 blue Dodge Journey.


UPGRADE: W 11th & Trafalgar

We've placed a 2015 grey Nissan Micra (#662) at W 11th & Trafalgar instead of a 2009 blue Nisan Veresa hatch.


Vancouver – Mount Pleasant

UPGRADE: E 28th & Prince Edward

A 2015 silver Kia Rondo (#681) now lives here instead of a 2011 white Dodge Grand Caravan.


SWAP: City Hall Surface Lot

We've swapped a 2015 white Nissan NV200 (#675) at City Hall Surface Lot for the 2014 white Nissan NV200.


SWAP: Picasso 

There's now a 2015 red Toyota Corolla (#660) instead of 2013 blue Toyota Prius C.


Vancouver – South Cambie

UPGRADE: Heather Park

A 2015 white Kia Rondo (#679) now lives at this location instead of a 2009 red Dodge Grand Caravan.


UPGRADE: King Edward SkyTrain

There's now a 2015 Kia Soul (#669) instead of a 2009 brown Nissan Cube.

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