Media Release: Town of Sidney Takes Big Steps Forward to Improve Mobility Through Carsharing
Sidney, BC (June 1, 2017) – The Town of Sidney announces that, effective today, it will provide more sustainable transportation options to residents, businesses and municipal staff through the addition of carsharing, in collaboration with Modo Co-operative.
For a town with fewer than 12,000 residents, this is big step forward and one that should allow Sidney to better manage its transportation challenges as the municipality grows. Of Greater Victoria’s 13 municipalities, Sidney joins Victoria, Oak Bay, Saanich and Esquimalt in offering carsharing to the public. In addition, Sidney goes a step further, encouraging their employees to drive with Modo under its Business Account, for work-related trips.
Sidney’s Mayor declares the arrangement a real win-win situation; being able to support his staff, while also making the cars available to the public. “I am proud that my team was able to find an innovative way to bring carsharing to Sidney, perhaps before its time,” said Mayor Steve Price. “As we’ve seen in other neighbouring communities, carsharing has proven to reduce transportation costs for residents and businesses, improve traffic and air quality, and make better use of our land.”
Starting today, municipal staff and members of the public will be able to book Modo’s Toyota RAV4 hybrid electric and a fuel-efficient Honda Fit. The cars will be conveniently located on Fourth Street next to the Town Hall parking lot, and on Third Street, between Beacon and Sidney Avenues, by the entrance to the Third Street parking lot.
Modo CEO Patrick Nangle applauds the Town of Sidney for taking the initiative to bring carsharing to the community, before it sees the kind of traffic congestion and land-use issues facing many of Greater Victoria’s larger communities. “It’s great to see a relatively small town like Sidney be proactive about carsharing. We were pleased they reached out to Modo and even happier we could collaborate to find an innovative way to support them, sooner rather than later.”
With an additional 46 Modo vehicles in nearby Victoria, cars stationed at all four major ferry crossings, and 500 more on the mainland, residents of Sidney now have access to affordable, convenient and sustainable transportation when they need it, without the hassle and cost of car ownership. Employers are also expected to see the number of staff commuting by foot, bike and transit increase, with Modo available to them during the day for business and personal trips.
About Modo: Modo provides convenient, reliable and affordable access to the most diverse fleet of shared vehicles across the Lower Mainland, Greater Victoria and Nanaimo. With over 500 cars, SUVs, trucks, cargo vans, hybrids and EVs – serving more than 17,000 individual and 700 business members – Modo affords all the benefits of having a car, without all the hassles and expense of owning one (or two).
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