The bike-share service feature 50 Pace smart bikes and 10 Pace parking racks
Annapolis, Maryland, has introduced a bike-share programme which aims to avoid the drawbacks of “free-floating” dockless mobility services.
The Pace Annapolis dockless bike-sharing service is being enabled through a collaborative partnership with Coca-Cola Consolidated, Maryland’s local bottler, and Anne Arundel County.
The bike-share service feature 50 Pace smart bikes and 10 Pace parking racks which will be co-branded by Dasani.
“This bike-sharing programme is a critical part of our overall plan to make the city of Annapolis one of the most bike-friendly cities in America,” said Gavin Buckley, mayor of Annapolis.
“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 revitalise our economic areas and connect neighbourhoods.”
Pace Annapolis allows residents and visitors to make point-to-point bike trips in and around the city using only their smartphones. To use Pace, riders can download the free Pace app, and find the closest available bike using the map.
“This bike-sharing programme is a critical part of our overall plan to make the city of Annapolis one of the most bike-friendly cities in America”
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.
“We’ve pioneered the model of partnering with private organisations – including local brands, employers, landowners and small businesses – to bring modern dockless bike sharing to smaller markets without requiring public subsidies,” added Timothy Ericson, co-founder and CEO of Zagster, the company behind Pace.
“We’re honoured to be part of this partnership, working hand-in-hand with Coke Consolidated, Anne Arundel County and city transportation planners to make Annapolis a better place to live, work and play.”
Pace is a nationwide dockless bike-sharing service for smart cities and colleges. Pace claims to provide all the benefits of dockless bike-sharing, with none of the drawbacks of free floating models.
Pace is pioneering the “lock-to dockless” bike sharing model, which blends predictability and flexibility for riders while preserving order and safety for communities.
Every Pace bike features its “lock-to” technology, which ensures bikes are always secured to fixed objects when not in use – eliminating bike litter and obstructing right-of-ways while mitigating vandalism and theft.
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