Win a 3-Night Stay at a Kimpton Hotel

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We’re incredibly excited to work with another San Francisco-based company, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, to debut custom Kimpton PUBLIC bikes at all their 60 nationwide boutique hotel properties. To celebrate we’re giving away a 3-night stay at any Kimpton Hotel. It’s easy to enter the contest. All you need to do is get your friends… Read more »

Coffee Comes to Public

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St. Frank Under Construction Kevin Bohlin St. Frank’s Texaccino Benjamin Paz Starting this week at our South Park store you’ll see a big wooden crate on our porch, and within that box you’ll find fantastic coffee service and a barista from St. Frank Coffee. We’ve teamed up with St. Frank to offer our customers and… Read more »

Public Protests: Istanbul (Now) and Amsterdam (Then)

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The recent intense protests in Taksim Gezi Park in Istanbul have brought attention to the value and meaning of Public Space. Istanbul has very little free open space, and the government had planned to replace one of its parks with a monument and a shopping mall. The lesson here is clear: mess with public space… Read more »

Put a Load on Your Rack

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Do these loads look unreal? They are. French photographer Alain Delorme embellished photos captured in Shanghai as a commentary on the Chinese economy and global consumerism. These compelling images entitled Totems feature migrants who bear the physical brunt of the fast-paced economy by hauling wares on their bikes and carts, like improvised trucks. All PUBLIC Racks are… Read more »

NYC Bike Share Raves and Rants

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The launch of bike share in New York City, aka CitiBike, is probably the most significant transportation development in the city – and perhaps the country – in decades. Six thousand bikes, 33 stations, and 15,000 bike trips in its first day of operations. Credit Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner of the New York City Department of… Read more »

Bike Superhighway for Los Angeles?

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I grew up in Pasadena, California close to Los Angeles. Pasadena is well known for the Rose Parade, a festival of flowers, which dates back to 1890. But more interesting perhaps during the 1890s with a population of 500,000, there were 30,000 cyclists, i.e. 6% of the population rode bikes. Biking was so popular that… Read more »

Bike Spotting (and Counting) on Market Street

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Velometer asks: “Why count bikes?  Because we want bikes to count.” As part of this year’s San Francisco Bike to Work Day, the city debuted its first digital bicycle counter on Market Street, one of the city’s busiest transportation corridors.  Watch this stop motion video here. On Bike to Work Day alone, bicycles accounted for… Read more »

Italian Women

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We were touring Italy last month checking out the urban biking scene in a range of cities. This makes for some interesting comparisons to the United States and leads us to this quiz: What is the biggest difference in urban biking in Italy compared with the US? 1. Many Italian cities have retrofitted separate bike… Read more »

NEW COLORS • NEW BIKES • NEW PRICES

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Our 2013 PUBLIC bikes just arrived this week, so we are back in stock on almost all models and there are a range of new colors and new models, even including a road bike. We’ve made some minor changes in some visual details, such as new stripes, we’ve upgraded our handle bar grips, and even… Read more »

NEW PUBLIC R16 Road Bike – Win One

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We are excited to introduce the first ever PUBLIC city road bike. Taking inspiration from classic and vintage steel framed road bikes, the PUBLIC R16 is a stylish 16 speed lightweight bike designed for the modern commuter and weekend recreational rider. We will have the R16 in stock by late May available in three sizes… Read more »