City of Port Moody and Modo celebrate carsharing at City Hall launch event
Yesterday, Modo launched Port Moody’s first carshare vehicles, with a press event in front of City Hall, with the mayor, members of Council and staff, Modo staff and board, Port Moody-based Modo members, Port Moody resident and go2gether CEO Alice Park, representatives from the local co-op sector, including Vancity and Mountain View Housing Co-op, and local press attending.
Below is the speech delivered by Modo’s CEO Nathalie Baudoin:
I am very happy to be here today with the Modo team to celebrate the arrival of Modo to Port Moody. We’ve come a long way since 1997 when we started in Vancouver’s West End with 16 members and 2 cars. Today, our 11,000 members share 345 vehicles located from Horseshoe Bay to Surrey and UBC to, now, Port Moody.
I’d like to thank Mayor Mike Clay, Council Members and City Staff for having the vision to bring carsharing to your community.
Modo applauds the City of Port Moody for recognizing that people want to live in walkable, transit-oriented communities.
I’d also like to recognize the Provincial Government for its efforts to bring rapid transit to the Tri-Cities.
The launch of the Evergreen Line will be a life-changing event for many Tri-Cities residents. It’s a chance to change their personal transportation strategy and consider using public transit, active modes and carsharing. The arrival of the Evergreen Line will allow many families to get rid of a 2nd car and use Modo instead.
We want to have vehicles near at least 1/2 of the stations before they open. And bringing these first vehicles to Port Moody is a good start.
We already have almost 50 members in Port Moody, who have been eagerly anticipating this day. They can thank the City for signing on as a Business member and helping to get Modo here sooner.
Using Modo for Business will allow the city to reduce its overhead and also help attract young talent who want to live car-free but who may need access to a vehicle for city business.
That’s why the 1st car will be placed at City Hall – thanks to the City for providing parking.
The second will be at the Onni development in Suter Brook Village, one of the city’s walkable, mixed-use communities.
We anticipate being able to bring a 3rd vehicle by this time next year.
Developers, listen carefully: you can help bring even more Modo vehicles to Port Moody. We work with developers large and small to bring carsharing to their buildings as a value-add for residents. Especially those developments located along Saint John’s Street, near Port Moody Central – we want to hear from you!
We’d like to thank the City Planning Staff for drafting up the Official Community Plan that focuses on transit-oriented developments, which are a perfect complement to carsharing.
Carsharing reduces the costs and stress associated with ownership, and increases quality of life for all, taking vehicles off the road to reduce congestion and pollution and promote healthy, vibrant communities.
We look forward to working with all of you to help grow carsharing throughout all of Port Moody and the Tri-Cities!
Before I go, I’d like to thank all the Modo member-owners who were able to join us here today to celebrate, as well as representatives from the local co-op sector, including Vancity and the Mountain View Housing Co-op.
Thanks also to Port Moody-native Alice Park for joining us today. She is the CEO of a terrific ridesharing program called Go2Gether, which helps connect drivers with passengers and is part of the multimodal transportation.
Thank you all for coming!