News Release: Richmond carsharing access expanded
Richmond, BC (July 13, 2017) – Richmond residents and City of Richmond staff now have expanded local access to two additional carsharing vehicles through a newly launched program.
Two Toyota Prius hybrid electric Modos located at City Hall are now available for member use. This brings Modo’s public shared fleet of vehicles to eight, all located within easy walking distance of City Hall, Richmond Hospital and Canada Line.
Access to the two new Modos will be shared with City staff, who have been driving the vehicles for the past year for work related trips, as part of a pilot program.
“With the success of the pilot behind us, we’re pleased to be making the shared vehicles at City Hall available to all staff and members of the public,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “As we’ve seen locally and abroad, carsharing has proven to reduce transportation costs for residents and businesses, improve traffic and air quality, and make better use of our land.”
The addition of shared vehicles to the City fleet is a natural extension of the local carshare network. Carsharing – as a complement to walking, cycling and transit – is an important mobility strategy designed to help reduce vehicle ownership, greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and community demands for use of land (less parking). It’s also an important part of the City’s Green Fleet Action Plan, approved by Council to target a 20% reduction in GHGs by 2020 and supports Official Community Plan objectives to increase use of alternative transportation options.
One strategy to achieve these targets is removing or deferring acquisition of vehicles from the City’s fleet and instead making vehicles owned by carshare companies like Modo available for use by City staff. By employing carsharing as part of the City’s vehicle fleet where feasible, the City is helping to lead by example as well as work toward engaging cost-effective approaches to provide vehicle resource needs to meet growing demands.
There are currently 152 Modo members in Richmond – a number that’s been increasing approximately 15 per cent per year since operations began in 2013 with one car and 29 members.
CEO Patrick Nangle says Modo is pleased to be able to collaborate with sustainably-minded cities like Richmond, looking to improve the livability in their communities. “Richmond, with increasing density and a good network of cycling paths, buses and SkyTrain, is a great example of a city well-positioned to benefit from carsharing. We look forward to further investing in the City as its municipal and residential transportation needs grow.”
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