It’s official! Modo, the Vancouver-based car share, has added an accessible van (#521) to its 300-vehicle fleet.
This may be the non-profit company’s first foray into the world of accessible travel, but Modo’s reach and clientele are wide. What began as a two-car, 16-member venture in 1997, now counts over 10,000 “carsharers” with access to hundreds of vehicles—from trucks and convertibles, to hybrids, electrics and, now, an accessible van—in over 250 locations around Metro Vancouver. Rental rates are equal for nearly all sets of Modo wheels: from $3 to $7.50 per hour, depending on membership type, with up to 200 kilometres included free of charge with each booking. Insurance, gas, maintenance, BCAA roadside assistance, Lower Mainland toll bridges, and resident or permit parking are thrown in, gratis, as well.
For a car-company that aims “to turn car owners into carsharers” the move towards diverse usability is right on point. Eligible drivers can choose a membership package online, then book the Accessibility Van (#1) on the website or by phone. It’s still “like-minded people sharing the costs of and access to cars”—except finally that access is, well, accessible. Head to www.modo.coop for details.