Car shedding


We’d love to see more people sharing fewer cars! Did you know that most personal vehicles sit idle 95% of the time, cost us roughly $10,000 a year to own and operate, and take up valuable land to park? The economic, social and sustainable benefits of reducing dependency on privately owned vehicles is considerable.

Did you know?

  • For every Modo, 9-13 private cars are removed from our streets.

 

  • Using Modo (or other round trip carshare services) is shown to reduce GHGs (greenhouse gas emissions) between 30-50%.
  • The average rate of car ownership in Vancouver is 1.6 cars per household, compared to Modo members at 0.36.

 

  • Roughly a third of members have gotten rid of a car (or two) since joining Modo.
  • Nearly a quarter of members would have purchased or leased a car if it weren’t for Modo.

 

  • Saving hundreds of dollars each month on car ownership means having more money available for housing, education and life events

Living wage certified


Modo is proud to be the only Living Wage Certified carshare service in our region.

According to the Living Wage for Families Campaign, poverty is a price we all pay, when you consider the weakening of local economics and the increased costs for public services.

 

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Modo entranceway

Bike-friendly workplace


Having Modo available to you during the day – for work related or personal trip – makes it even easier to commute to work by bike (or public transit). All of our staff commute to work car-free, with many riding their bikes. We’re proud to be a bike-friendly business to support our staff’s commitment to cycling – and reducing vehicle traffic and congestion on our streets – with access to showers, in-office bike racks, and plenty of storage for gear.

Community support


Compared to our corporate counterparts, our ability to sponsor community events and causes is limited. Yet, with a small but mighty team (and dollars!) we’ve had considerable impact over the years with many local groups.

 

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Inclusivity initiatives


As a co-op, being inclusive is very important to us. And while it may not be possible for everyone to drive with Modo, our goal is to be as inclusive and accessible as possible.

 

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Advocacy initiatives


As a co-op, we aim to create healthier and more sustainable communities. We do this in many ways, namely by providing round trip carsharing, with all the social and environmental benefits that come with it.

 

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Carsharing software


As a pioneer in our space, we’ve paved the way for other carshare operators to enter the market. Over a decade ago we worked with the City of Vancouver to develop the world’s first Developer Parking Variance and on-street parking bylaw.

We also make our proprietary booking software available to others, in order to grow the carshare movement. Over a dozen carshare operators around the world use our system. Some are paying customers, while others such as non-profits and Canadian co-ops access it without licensing fees.

Shared mobility


We are proud to partner with TransLink Tomorrow and their New Mobility Team to help explore, test, and implement innovative ways to improve mobility in Metro Vancouver. Some of the innovations we are working on include:

TransLink’s Vanpool – operated by Modo – is an innovative way to get employees of difficult to reach work sites, to and from the job. It’s our region’s first micro-transit system and uses Modo’s vehicles and technology to power the pilot. The first pilot to get underway is at UBC, with more to come in the future.

 

 

The innovation is a perfect marriage between carsharing and carpooling: a hybrid approach that uses our carshare vehicles to get pools of staff to work – in a more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable way.

Shared Mobility Compass Card for Business – still a work in progress – will provide select employers (in the first phase of the pilot) with a special Compass Card designed to have transit, carshare and bike-share accessible in one place. It will provide a convenient mechanism for employees to use these modes for work-related trips, reducing the need for them to drive their own cars to work.

API


Modo shares more than cars! Carsharing works best when it’s part of a larger, multi-modal transportation solution, and we believe that transit modes are most effectively integrated when they share open data.

Programmers can access all of Modo’s public data via our Application Programming Interface.

Modo’s API currently gives access to the following information:

  • What cars do we have? What are their descriptions and accessories?
  • Where are our cars based? What’s the latitude, longitude and short description of each location?

We do not release any personal information. (You can read our privacy policy here.)

Our API is read-only: application programmers cannot create or change bookings. All data comes back in JSON format. Please let us know about any applications you build with our data! Email us at info@modo.coop