Coca-Cola Consolidated is launching a bikeshare program in Annapolis, Md., through a partnership with Pace, a nationwide dockless bike sharing service for smart cities and colleges.

Pace Annapolis, powered by DASANI water, offers residents and visitors a fun, convenient and affordable new way to get around, explore the downtown area, and address last-mile commuting. The bike share initially will feature 50 co-branded DASANI/Pace smart bikes and eight parking racks.

Pace Annapolis is the result of a unique partnership between The City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Coca-Cola Consolidated and Pace. The program demonstrates how mid-sized U.S. cities can bring modern, dockless, shared mobility options to their streets at no cost to taxpayers to complement existing public transportation systems and reduce car usage – all while avoiding the drawbacks of free-floating dockless mobility services.

“At Coca-Cola Consolidated, serving our communities is our passion, and we saw a big opportunity to partner with Pace to bring an affordable new transportation option to the bustling city of Annapolis,” said Eric Johnston, director of state government relations, Coca-Cola Consolidated.

Timothy Ericson, co-founder and CEO of Zagster Inc., the company that powers Pace, called the collaboration with Coca-Cola Consolidated “a great example of how we’re expanding Pace — the best in dockless bike share — to new bike-friendly markets like Annapolis through our innovative partnership model.”

Pace Bikes

Pace Annapolis allows residents and visitors to make point-to-point bike trips in and around the city using their smartphones. To use Pace, riders simply download the free Pace app from the App Store or Google Play, and find the closest available Pace bike using the map. With a few taps, riders can unlock a bike and start riding, and use the app to find nearby bike racks to hold or end their rental.

All Annapolis public bike racks are indexed and shown on the map, along with the 10 Pace Parking racks cited in key locations such as Market House and Whitmore Park. Pace rides in Annapolis start at $1 per half hour — and the first 30-minute ride for every new user is free. Subscription pricing plans make riding Pace even more affordable for employees, students, seniors and military or EBT members. Pace Annapolis also will allow riders to load credit onto their accounts with cash at participating locations.

Pace Annapolis program is part of the Annapolis’ overall plan to become one of the most bike-friendly cities in America, according to Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley.

"Together, with a new dedicated bike lane through the heart of downtown, as well as planned expansion of trails throughout the city, we hope to offer a convenient, healthy and active transportation option that helps revitalize our economic areas and connect neighborhoods. In addition, our city attracts visitors from all over the world, who are looking for bike friendly destinations. By bringing Pace dockless bike sharing to the streets of Annapolis, our visitors and residents will have a new, fun and exciting way to explore all that Annapolis has to offer."

For more information on Pace Annapolis, visit ridepace.com/annapolis.