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Volume 19 / September 2012

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New! Modo bike shirts!

We’re loving our new 'Share the Road' athletic/bike shirts! Stylish and breathable, they’re easy to wear and reflective too. Thanks to Fairware for helping us source the shirts ethically and keeping the price point affordable.


The shirts are $20 + HST to members and non-members alike and can be purchased at our office on Granville and Pender; call ahead (604-685-1393) or email (



Be the first to answer this trivia question on our Facebook page to win a Modo shirt of your own: How many Modo vehicles have bike racks? (Hint: Find the answer here.)  

in this issue

modo's new music video!

referrals = $20 driving credits

social enterprise eco-friendly car wash

modo welcome wagon

how to: cancel a booking

modo moves

community calendar

featured items

modo's new music video!

We recently commissioned the very talented production team at OnDemand (who just happen to be Modo members!) to create this fun and informative music video-slash-tutorial on carsharing with Modo, featuring Vancouver band The Ruffled Feathers (also Modo members!) performing their song “All My Cities”!


We love it – and hope you do, too! Enjoy! And share!

CLICK to watch Modo The Car Coop presents: How to Carshare (ft. The Ruffled Feathers)

referrals = $20 driving credits

Take advantage of the member referral program! Every time you refer a new member to join Modo, we’ll put a $20 credit on your account. (First step: Share our new video!)

social enterprise eco-friendly car wash

Street Youth Job Action, which offers mentorship and soft-skills training to homeless and at-risk youth, is now operating a social enterprise mobile car wash called Keeners Car Wash. Servicing corporate parking lots and car share services around Metro Vancouver, the car wash is chemical free, uses only a gallon of water per car, and produces no waste water runoff.


Modo has been contracting Keeners to clean 60 to 80 of our cars a month - and we're delighted with the results!


"We have been really happy with their service," says Modo fleet director Douglas Dunn, "and their eco-frendly steam system makes our cars look like new." 


Learn more at

modo welcome wagon

As many may know, Modo marketing director Bernice Paul has recently given birth to a perfectly five-fingered and -toed baby girl!


Stepping into the role while she’s on parental leave is Hilary Henegar, whom many may remember from her days as digital editor of Granville Magazine. A writer, social media’r, cyclist and gardener, Hilary brings to Modo her passion for connecting people with each other and the rich offerings of their city. She has worked closely with arts and community groups – such as W2 Media Cafe, CreativeMornings/Vancouver and HOT ART Wet City – and is co-founder of Vancouver media collective Girl Gang. She is also currently working on the documentary film and transmedia project Fractured Land.


Hilary says: “I’m excited to expand on Bernice’s work bringing carsharing into the mainstream while supporting our Community Partners in their work to bring richness and resiliency to our neighbourhoods!”


Tweet or Facebook Hilary at @Modo_Coop or and ask, when's the next Amazing Grilled Cheese Giveaway?

Hilary Henegar, Amazing Grilled Cheese Giveaway

how to: cancel a booking

You've booked a car, but your plans have changed and now it turns out you won't need wheels - what to do?


If the booking has yet to begin, you can cancel it online using Engage. Select the booking you'd like to cancel, and then click the "Cancel booking" button.


If your booking has already started, it's even easier. Just log into Engage, and the first thing you'll see is a button saying, "I'm done with this car." Click this button and you're done. 


If you're not near a computer, please call our Member Care Centre at 604-685-1393 as soon as possible, and our staff will be happy to cancel the booking for you.


The sooner you cancel a booking, the better! Modo will still charge you for time that has already passed, but your cost for the next 12 hours will drop by half and any time booked beyond those 12 hours is free. 

modo moves

Vancouver - Mount Pleasant
NEW LOCATION: Great Northern Way

Find our 2012 orange Toyota Prius C (Car #391) parked at 577 Great Northern Way, next to the Centre for Digital Media at Great Northern Way Campus; we have a designated stall right next to the parking lot entrance. Follow the big blue arrow!

Vancouver - UBC
Find our 2011 green Honda CRV (Car #339) in its designated stall at 6005 Walter Gage Road, across the street from Gage North Tower. Our stall is directly on Walter Gage Road, half a block east of the Bread Garden.

Vancouver - Hastings-Sunrise
NEW LOCATION: Kootenay Loop

Our 2009 silver Toyota Yaris Hatchback (Car #260) is located just south of Kootenay Loop, in the 400 or 500 block of Kootenay St (the two blocks between E Hastings St and Turner St). Park as close to Hastings as you can, but please take care to avoid the 2-hour parking zone.

Parking can be tricky in this neighbourhood, so please call Modo if you have to park away from the regular location. Later this fall, we will have a designated stall on Kootenay St at Hastings.

Surrey - Whalley
UPDATE: Sry Quattro
After a brief delay, the two vehicles we promised you in the last e-news, at the new Sry Quattro location, are now in place and ready to roll! Find the 2012 blue Toyota Matrix hatchback and 2012 yellow Fiat 500 hatchback (Cars #404 and #405) in their designated stalls, between 107A and 108 Avenues, just off Whalley Boulevard in the laneway between the Quattro2 and Quattro3 buildings.

Find more Modo vehicle locations at!

community calendar

Sept 30, Oct 7, Oct 28 - Sunday Jam Sessions, W2 Media Cafe

Join W2's Chef Karen in the cafe to learn about making jam, pickles and preserves. The cost is just $10 for supplies and you get to leave with the delicious treats you make. RSVP


Oct 1 - Stack The Rack 2012, A benefit for QMUNITY

Vancity presents this second annual fundraising event to benefit QMUNITY, BC’s leading queer resource centre. Featuring fine wines, renowned pianist Sara Davis Buechner, and live and silent auction items, the event is hosted by CBC's man-about-town Fred Lee and Oprah Winfrey Network's Isla Traquair at the Old Boneta Restaurant in Gastown. All proceeds go toward supporting QMUNITY's vital programs and services. Tickets


Oct 2 - First Tuesday Monthly Business Mixer, LOCO

LOCO's monthly mixers are hosted by its members. Think factory, store and warehouse tours with good local food, drink and discussion. Get to know other LOCO members, strengthen community and leverage the LOCO network to support a stronger local economy. This month's mixer is hosted by Mills Basics. Tickets


Oct 5-7 - Vancouver Art/Book Fair, OCW Arts & Publishing Foundation

Modo is a proud sponsor of the first annual Vancouver Art/Book Fair, held at the Vancouver Art Gallery. With more than 70 local and international publishers of books, magazines, zines and printed ephemera by artists, designers, publishers and institutions, VA/BF showcases emerging practices and contemporary dialogues in publication through a series of talks, book launches, readings and more - plus free tote bags and coffee. Hosted by Project Space and Fillip. Find the list of exhibitors and schedule at


Oct 11 - Hope in Shadows 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Pivot Legal Society

See the complete collection of this year's winning images from the 2012 Hope in Shadows exhibition (the top 40 selected from 5,000+ entries), meet and hear from photographers and calendar vendors, and celebrate 10 years of Hope in Shadows, at Pendulum Gallery. The 2013 Hope in Shadows 10th Anniversary calendar (launching Oct 2) will be available for purchase.


Oct 14 - Winter Gardening Construction Workshop, Vancouver Tool Library

Learn to recreate a cloche greenhouse in your own backyard! Vancouver Tool Library offers this workshop to show you how to protect your garden from the frostier winter months and keep it bearing vegetables for much longer. Register online or in the shop at 3448 Commercial St. 


Oct 14 - Advanced Bike Mechanics: Bearings & Rotational Systems, HUB 
Explore what makes your wheels turn and pedals spin as this course from HUB (formerly the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition) looks into bearing systems and how to overhaul them. Bicycle bearing systems should be overhauled at least once a year, and this is essential knowledge for the cyclist who wants to learn how to replace and repack and adjust your bearing systems. Register


Oct 16 - Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives, DOXA Documentary Film Festival

DOXA presents this feature-length documentary about a counterculture heroine and her spirited friends, who began delivering each other’s babies in 1970, on a caravan of hippie school buses, headed to a patch of rural Tennessee land. Read more about the film, watch the trailer and buy tickets online


Oct 20 - Harvest Festival, Vancouver Farmers Market - West End 

The annual Harvest Festival at the West End farmers market returns with recipes, information, cooking tips and demonstrations. In addition to the seasonal bounty of squash, apples and pears, don't miss Heritage Grains Foundation's grain display and milling and sprouting demos and Hazelmere Coffee's coffee bean roasting demos throughout the day. And enter your pie in the pie competition!


Oct 20 - Intro to Tools Workshop, Vancouver Tool Library

The Vancouver Tool Library's ever-popular Intro to Tools Workshop is back! If you missed it in previous months, now’s your chance. Become confident using commonly used tools through practicing and great tips from our instructor. Bring your questions and project ideas with you! Register online or in the shop at 3448 Commercial St.


Oct 27 - Secret Souls Walk, Public Dreams

Produced by Public Dreams, with more than 130 performers and 15,000 participants last year, Secret Souls Walk starts from a secret starting point in East Van and leads participants through alleys transformed by the neighbourhood and local artists, to become a journey back in time, through the past incarnations and hidden stories of Vancouver, with music, performance, installation art, and much more. Join one of the workshops leading up to the event, Oct 17-26 at Britannia Community Centre, facilitated by professional artists.

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