Q&A with Nick, learner driver and carsharing fan
This week we are thrilled to launch our Green Member program which allows anyone 16+ with an L or better to drive with Modo. We chatted with learner driver and future Modo member Nick DeYoung about what this means for young drivers who want to join the carsharing revolution. Nick is an 18 year old agender individual who spends a lot of time travelling around Vancouver, often using transit to get to places and events. This fall Nick will be moving to Vancouver Island to attend the University of Victoria as a first year student and plans to study history.
“I first heard about carsharing and Modo about two or three years ago, when I started to see more Modo cars around Vancouver,” says Nick. Carsharing continues to gain popularity in the region and across the world and Vancouver stands as an example for many cities. Modo has grown from just two cars in the West End and sixteen members in 1997 to over 600 vehicles and 20,000 members across the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan in 2018. Inclusivity is one of our core principles so it was time to open the doors to learner drivers of all ages. These days, many young people in particular are making the choice not to own a car but still want to have access to vehicles for road trips with friends, moves or running errands.
“I decided to get my driver’s license in 2017, the summer before grade twelve. As the year progressed, I studied hard and got my ‘L’ in October. I have already practiced driving a few times with my parents – mostly in an empty parking lot and once on a fairly long and empty road. I want to get more comfortable on city streets soon and drive around with my parents for help.” Nick’s parents are both Modo members and will now have the opportunity to book anything from an SUV to a small car, truck or minivan for family driving lessons. Nick may just end up being the first driver to take a road test with a Modo!
Young drivers who learn to carshare from day one will then have the opportunity to become full Modo members at the age of 19. Since Nick will be moving to Victoria for university they will have the opportunity to drive our rapidly growing Island fleet. “I hope to use carsharing in Victoria when I am in University so I don’t have to depend on getting campus housing every year. I want to be able to travel to school and classes using carsharing.”
We’re excited to see how this new generation of carshare users helps to shape the ever changing transportation landscape and as a co-operative we’re especially invested in making sure everyone can be involved. “I think carsharing co-ops are a really cool idea! It’s much cheaper, but still a dependable way to get around, especially when transit isn’t available. Plus, Modo is local and the first carshare to let young people like me drive!”
Thanks Nick and good luck with your driving and at university!
Learn more about how to add a Green Member to your account here.