Ride Pride

June 21st, 2017

Since our founding in 2010, we have celebrated the message of inclusion, accessibility, and community, and have worked to reclaim our urban environment to make all feel welcome riding, walking, and being a part of public spaces. This year we partnered with Lambda Legal to design a special edition bike for their West Coast Liberty… Read more »

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Since our founding in 2010, we have celebrated the message of inclusion, accessibility, and community, and have worked to reclaim our urban environment to make all feel welcome riding, walking, and being a part of public spaces.

This year we partnered with Lambda Legal to design a special edition bike for their West Coast Liberty Awards in Hollywood. Lambda Legal is a national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and those with HIV through impact legislation, education, and public policy work. What started in 1973 as a group of volunteer lawyers has grown into a national organization fighting against discrimination in employment, healthcare, insurance, parenting, immigration, police and criminal justice, and more.  Our colorful bike was auctioned to raise funds to support the work of this impactful 503(c)3 nonprofit.

PUBLIC is proud to celebrate the LGBTQ community this month, and every month. We’ll be riding in our hometown of San Francisco’s Pride Parade with the SF Bicycle Coalition’s Pride Parade Contingent on June 25th. We’ve loved seeing PUBLIC bikes at Pride events around the country over the years — let us know how you rode this year.

 

Do Good By Bike: Vol 7 – Taking Protected Bicycle Lane Advocacy To The Streets

May 16th, 2017

#DoPublicGood is a project highlighting people or organizations that do good by bike. Each month we’ll be shining a spotlight on those who enrich their community through their two-wheeled advocacy. You can read our past #DoPublicGood profiles here. May is Bike Month and for #DoPublicGood we’re celebrating the people who standing up for bike safety across… Read more »

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#DoPublicGood is a project highlighting people or organizations that do good by bike. Each month we’ll be shining a spotlight on those who enrich their community through their two-wheeled advocacy. You can read our past #DoPublicGood profiles here.

May is Bike Month and for #DoPublicGood we’re celebrating the people who standing up for bike safety across the country. Last week we participated in a street action that we think could be replicated in many other cities to call attention to the need for more protected bicycle lanes.

A group of volunteer safe street activists in San Francisco showed up to form a human protected bicycle lane on the popular Valencia Street commuter route. Ever since the City of San Francisco installed bicycle lanes on both sides of Valencia Street in 1999, the street was generally viewed as a bicycle-friendly route, even featuring timed “green wave” traffic signals that allowed bicyclists to keep rolling through green lights as long as they averaged ~13mph bike-riding speed.

But especially with the rise of car share services like Uber and Lyft, which has transformed every bicycle lane or even street into a pick-up and drop-off location, many streets like Valencia Street have become notoriously unsafe for anyone traveling along the corridor. With many popular restaurants, bars, and shops on Valencia Street, it’s very typical for bicyclists to be forced to weave in and out of the bicycle lane because of cars temporarily blocking the bike lanes. Valencia Street, once considered a poster child for a bike-friendly street, is now considered a bicycling safety problem – and really, a problem for vehicular drivers too.

Many cities have been slow to respond with regulations and enforcement to respond to the rising problem of blocked streets and bicycle lanes, especially resulting from ride share cars stopping and going. This is why volunteer advocates are organizing to highlight these issues – and to pressure city officials to take action to make streets safer, including advocating for protected bicycle lanes. You can read about how “Safety Vigilantes Strike Again on Valencia” on Streetsblog.

Even in places like Omaha or Wichita, safe street advocates are resorting to gluing plungers to demonstrate the need and effectiveness of protected bicycle lanes.

If you live or work in San Francisco, the next human protected bike lane action is planned for Thursday, May 25 from 5-7pm. Sign up here receive communication.

If you’re fed up with lack of action in your city for protected bike lanes, maybe you can organize a small group of like-minded people to form your own guerrilla street group similar to SFMTrA. All you might need are some plungers, glue, cones, signs and passionate people.

International Women’s Day: Celebrating Women Who Ride

March 7th, 2017

In honor of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017 we are saluting women who ride in different ways, in different places and for different reasons. Whether these women are riding their bikes in high heels or clip-in shoes, leisurely rolling to the the farmers market or drafting each other along California Highway 1 during the… Read more »

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In honor of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017 we are saluting women who ride in different ways, in different places and for different reasons. Whether these women are riding their bikes in high heels or clip-in shoes, leisurely rolling to the the farmers market or drafting each other along California Highway 1 during the AIDS/Lifecycle, they all opted to ride a bike, their way.

Read on for photos of each woman, their answer to the question “I ride because…” and a fun fact or two about each of them (aka, one of them is a chef for the animals at the Oakland Zoo in Oakland, CA!).

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FUN FACTS ABOUT TIFFINY: I’m a high school art teacher who loves to bake. I started baking through Bon Appétit’s dessert cookbook almost three years ago. I think I’ll finish when I’m 95 years old! Just in time to open my own bakery. ?

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FUN FACTS ABOUT VICKY & RACHEL: We are the creative duo behind the Instagram account @webikeforbeer and one of our life goals is to be contestants on the Amazing Race together.

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FUN FACTS ABOUT TDo: I joined AIDS/Lifecycle as a roadie because I wanted to put energy and time into helping others. While volunteering, I saw so many cyclists having so much fun so I participated in ALC as a cyclist the following year and have done that for the past 4 years. This year, I’m a co-captain of SWAT’s ALC team (She Wolf Attack Team). (Before ALC, the last time I rode a bike was when I was 11 years old.) That was the start. Cycling has become to mean so much more to me since then. It has shown me what I’m capable of, been my therapist, my personal trainer and my yoga on wheels.

Extra fun fact: At 5’0″ I somehow got a scholarship to play college basketball!

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FUN FACTS ABOUT HEATHER: I come from a long line of family who have worked in the National Park Service. One of the places I lived when I was little was Petrified Forest. While I lived there they found the oldest known remains of a dinosaur! Between both of my grandfathers, father and a few uncles, my family has helped to educate people about the importance of national parks from Washington DC, to Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, North Cascades and many more!

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FUN FACTS ABOUT JENN: A few years ago I started Field Day Creative, a floral design company here in my hometown of Richmond, Virginia. I use local, seasonal blooms when possible, pulling inspiration from my surroundings and the natural variations in plants to create floral designs that emulate freshly gathered flowers from the garden.

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FUN FACTS ABOUT VERONICA: When I bike I feel born again when the fresh wind hits my face ? + I get to see more of this beautiful world ?. Also, I’m obsessed with my bike, I take it almost everywhere I go ♀️?.

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FUN FACTS ABOUT MARI: I once sold weed to Snoop Dog.

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FUN FACTS ABOUT ANNA: The higher the heels the safer I feel, even when I’m cycling! ?? Biking helps me escape from the real world and dream. The the joy it brings makes me stronger, more powerful and happier! And when I’m happy I can conquer the world!

FUN FACTS ABOUT MONICA: I sent a friend to the hospital while playing a casual game of catch before a softball game. And I had 11 stitches put in my chin about year ago due to a bike accident. I still ride that bike, though, and I still ride every day! (Note from PUBLIC: Monica was featured in our post about bike couriers here.)

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FUN FACTS ABOUT BECKY SUE: I created Baking The Goods, a space to share my recipes, writing, and photography with food motivated friends who like a bit of sass with their sweets. (Note from PUBLIC: Check out one of Becky Sue’s recipes on our blog here.)

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FUN FACTS ABOUT MANDY: I learned how to ride a bike without training wheels at 4 years old from watching my mom try to teach my older brother. It is the first memory I have of feeling accomplished, independent, and proud to be a girl!

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FUN FACTS ABOUT STACY: I’m the Zoo Chef (for the animals) at the Oakland Zoo in Oakland, CA.

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FUN FACTS ABOUT CHELSY: I’m an identical twin.

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FUN FACTS ABOUT PAMELA: I’ve been a vegetarian for over 20 yrs. (Note from PUBLIC: Pamela is also a photographer who took all the photography for our post on bike couriers here.)

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FUN FACTS ABOUT MAE: Riding around city streets or cruising along the beaches of the California coast – I’m always reminded to focus on the present moment. The sounds and smells, the feeling of the wind in my hair makes me feel grateful for being alive.

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FUN FACTS ABOUT MICHELE: I LOVE GLITTER!

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FUN FACTS ABOUT CINDY: If you name 10 ice cream shops in San Francisco, I’ve been to 9 of them. (Note from PUBLIC: Cindy is chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party and a leader with one of the city’s largest affordable housing developers).

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FUN FACTS ABOUT ANNE: I’m an Episcopal priest in Philadelphia, PA. And, I am also an avid Argentine tango dancer.

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FUN FACTS ABOUT JULIE: She’s PUBLIC’s Retail Operations Manager, a meticulous crafter and maker of insanely (like, blow your mind) delicious Furikake Chex Mix.

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FUN FACTS ABOUT GABI: I’ve only lived in 3 states (CT, TX, and MA), but I’ve moved over 15 times! Yet, I’m still somehow a last-minute packer, through and through. Also, for me biking is exercise AND fun all rolled into one, and I’m so thankful to have my handy bike to help me zoom around town.

Baking + Biking: Recipe For Maple Glazed Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts

November 21st, 2016

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without a delicious, homemade recipe. And in our world those recipes are made with goods we picked up fresh from the market on our bikes. Cue baker, biker extraordinaire Becky Sue Wilberding, creator of BakingTheGoods.com, who brings us a Fall-fabulous, homemade recipe crafted from produce she hauled home from the farmers… Read more »

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It wouldn’t be the holiday season without a delicious, homemade recipe. And in our world those recipes are made with goods we picked up fresh from the market on our bikes. Cue baker, biker extraordinaire Becky Sue Wilberding, creator of BakingTheGoods.com, who brings us a Fall-fabulous, homemade recipe crafted from produce she hauled home from the farmers market in our new PUBLIC Wooden Bicycle Crate. Becky shares her love of biking, her beautiful photography and a mouthwatering recipe for Maple Glazed Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts (yum!) with us below.

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From Becky:
Around age 10, I became the proud owner of a 10 speed white Murray with a lavender and teal graphics package. I’d been pining for a multi-speed for months, and that moment when I first switched gears, I believed I could fly.

I loved and cared for that bike like nothing I’d owned before. I stored it in the garage, hand washed it and added personal flair by precisely placing a Simpsons sticker on the headset and tricked out the wheels with color coordinated spoke beads.

My bike opened up a whole new world of adventures and excitement that I never knew existed. For the first time in my life, I was able to ride anywhere I wanted, on my own terms. Down the hill to my BFF’s. Through the woods and over the dips. To the supermarket to buy candy. Past my crush’s house (feeling mortified when he was outside playing basketball as I rolled by in excruciatingly slow motion). I cruised, I careened, I crashed. It was my first taste of independence, and boy was it sweet.

Sometime during Junior High, riding a bike became the international symbol of Nerd status, and my bike was buried in the garage behind the Pogoball and the Radio Flyer. I survived high school, went on to college and had more jobs than I care to remember. By then, I simply didn’t have the space in my life, or my apartment, for a bike.

Years later, well into my 20s, my husband surprised me with a sparkling electric blue vintage cruiser for my birthday. It had been so long since I’d ridden a bike, but that old adage rang true as muscle memory took over and I pedaled my way through the neighborhood.  I rode like the wind and felt myself lift off the ground, pedaling past the moon straight back to my childhood in one of those magical ET moments.  That vintage feeling of newfound freedom took over and I fell in love with biking again.

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I still get a twinge of nostalgia when I cruise around on my PUBLIC V7. This time of year, between the crisp weather and the saffron-colored harvest moon, those ET flashbacks are palpable.

To capture the spirit of the season, I rode my bike to my local farmer’s market and loaded up on seasonal goods.

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There is no better Fall fruit than apples, and seeing them stacked high at the market inspired me to recreate another childhood treat, the Pop Tart.

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These Maple Glazed Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts are made with locally grown farmer’s market apples, transported home with love and care in my handy dandy, vintage-inspired PUBLIC Wooden Bicycle Crate. Quality ingredients, good old fashioned techniques and the combined love of biking and baked goods are what make these Maple Glazed Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts so special.

We all deserve to feel like a kid again. So, let your inner-child out to play with a long, adventurous bike ride and a batch of Maple Glazed Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts.

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MAPLE GLAZED APPLE CINNAMON POP TARTS RECIPE

Download the PDF of the recipe here.

PIE DOUGH:
Chop the cold butter into 1/4″- 1/2″ cubes and place them in the fridge to firm up for a few minutes.

Cut in the butter by blending the flour mixture with either a pastry blender, two butter knives or by squishing it between your fingers. Be careful to not melt the butter.

Slowly pour the vodka or apple cider vinegar into the dough using a pastry blender or fork to combine until pea sized chunks form and the dough is just starting to come together.

Check the hydration level of the dough by gathering a small fistful. If it holds together, it’s ready. If it is dry or crumbly, slowly add ice cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Combine using a pastry blender or a fork. Test the dough again by pinching it occasionally.
*Be careful to add only as much water as it takes to combine the dough into a ball or disk.

Form the dough into two disks and wrap them in plastic. Chill the disks for at least 1-2 hours.

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Once your pie dough has chilled, on a lightly-floured counter, roll one disk into a rectangular shape, 1/8″-1/4″ thick.

Using a ruler and a pizza cutter or knife, measure and cut the dough into 4” x 3” rectangles. Gather the dough scraps together, form a disk and re-roll. Then cut more rectangles.

Transfer the rectangles to a lined baking sheet, and chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. You should have 24 rectangles

APPLE CINNAMON FILLING:
Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl.

Peel the apples and grate them using a cheese grater.

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Top 12 dough rectangles with about 1 ½ – 2 tablespoons of grated apple. Then top each with 1 heaping tablespoon of the brown sugar mixture, leaving about 1/2 “ of exposed dough all the way around.

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Lightly brush a small amount of cold water around the edges of the of the dough. Place another rectangle over the filling and gently seal the edges by pressing down the edges. Create a decorative crimp by pressing the edges of the tart together with the back of a fork.
Place the pop tarts back on a lined baking sheet, chill in the refrigerator or freezer for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375°.

Whisk the egg in a small bowl.
Remove the chilled pop tarts from the refrigerator or freezer. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the pop tarts with the egg wash.

Bake until the pop tarts are golden brown, about 20 – 25 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through.

Remove the pop tarts from the oven, and let stand to cool.

MAPLE GLAZE:
Sift the powdered sugar and cinnamon into a medium bowl. Whisk in the maple extract and 1 – 2 tablespoons of cream until the mixture runs off the whisk like slow molasses.

Spoon about 1 tablespoon of glaze onto each pop tart, smoothing the glaze to the crimped edges with the back of the spoon or a small spatula.

Allow the glaze to set before serving (if you can wait that long!).

 


600-becky-circleBecky Sue Wilberding is the creator/brainchild of BakingTheGoods.com, an online pantry full of recipes and the saucy, often embarrassing real-life stories from which they were inspired. She’s a baker, recipe developer, stylist and photographer who documents every step of baking with mouth-watering visuals. Becky aims to first punch her readers in the tastebuds with stunning photos, then inspire them to make her recipes a part of their own little life adventures.

Do Good By Bike: Vol 1 – Introducing The #DoPublicGood Project

October 31st, 2016

There’s a lot of good in this world and we want to make it known. Starting this month, we’re launching the #DoPublicGood project. Each month we’ll highlight people or organizations that do good by bike. And we’ll be taking part ourselves. Follow us on Snapchat (publicbikes) and every Thursday watch our story as we pick up donated… Read more »

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There’s a lot of good in this world and we want to make it known. Starting this month, we’re launching the #DoPublicGood project. Each month we’ll highlight people or organizations that do good by bike. And we’ll be taking part ourselves. Follow us on Snapchat (publicbikes) and every Thursday watch our story as we pick up donated food and bike it to a shelter in the Bay Area through Food Runners.

If you have a nominee for #DoPublicGood, please let us know in the comments and if selected, we’ll send you both a PUBLIC gift certificate.

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Image by Jenny Oh Hatfield

For November we thought it fitting to highlight a very special Bay Area bike event that takes place just once a year around this time called Supermarket Street Sweep. It’s an “allycat” or urban bike race-style event where volunteers courier pounds of food from participating grocery stores via their bikes to a local food bank.

Supermarket Street Sweep is in its 11th year, and it almost went into extinction until the San Francisco Cycling Club decided to take up the reigns just a few months ago. (Kudos to you SFCC!)

One of Supermarket Street Sweep’s original founders, Jenny Oh Hatfield, explains the premise, “For our event, participants buy food from a list of participating shops and that food is directly donated to the SF & Marin Food Banks at the end of the event. Cyclists can compete in three categories: SPEED (bring back the required amount of food the fastest within the race’s time limit); CARGO (bring back the most food); TEAM (this is a new category and up to 5 people can work together to bring back the most food.) Racers carry back their hauls — via backpacks, panniers, cargo bikes and trailers — and all of the groceries are weighed by the food bank and our team of volunteers.”

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Image by Jenny Oh Hatfield

You don’t have to be a hardcore cyclist to participate. Hatfield says that part of the fun is seeing the diverse group of riders that this event brings. “We get road racers, commuters and even kids who have a ton of fun helping such an important charity. We structure the format so if you wanted, you could spend the afternoon riding around with your friends and bring back as much food as you like to the food bank.”

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Image by Jenny Oh Hatfield

And the amount of food people transport on two wheels for the event is incredible. In 2015 over a hundred racers took part and hauled more than 12,200 lbs of food. One racer alone carted over 1,000 lbs!

Registration is open for this year’s Supermarket Street Sweep that takes place on Saturday, December 3rd 2016. Stay up to date on announcements and prize previews on Instagram and Twitter (sfstreetsweep). If you’re not in the Bay Area, you can still get involved by visiting cranksgiving.org to find a similar event in your neighborhood.

PUBLIC Partnering With Sony’s Future Lab Program

September 7th, 2016

We’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with Sony’s Future Lab Program to help introduce the prototype Concept N to the Bay Area and beyond. Our flagship PUBLIC store in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley will serve as a hands-on demo location between September 15-October 6 where visitors to our 549 Hayes St store can test… Read more »

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We’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with Sony’s Future Lab Program to help introduce the prototype Concept N to the Bay Area and beyond.

Our flagship PUBLIC store in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley will serve as a hands-on demo location between September 15-October 6 where visitors to our 549 Hayes St store can test out Sony’s new wearable technology Concept N.

You might also recognize our Slate Blue PUBLIC R16 flat-bar city road bike in the video above.

What is Concept N? It’s a neckband-style wearable device, designed by Sony’s Future Lab Program, that allows you to listen to high-quality sound, hands free, through an open-air speaker.

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Several of us at PUBLIC have had a chance to try Concept N. We’re particularly excited that you can hear clear voice-navigation to help you find your way around your city, easily use voice-recognition to find resources and places, and even take photos and video of your surroundings without taking your smartphone out of your pocket or bag.

The open-ear headphones, if you choose to use them, allow you to listen to music or news while still hearing what’s happening around you. The device feels very lightweight around your neck. If you wear collared shirts, it can also fit nicely under your collar too.

Right now, the prototype is only available in the Bay Area for a very select, limited number of participants who can provide feedback on how they use the device in their daily lives. Between September 15-October 6, you can demo Concept N at our Hayes Valley PUBLIC store at 549 Hayes.

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can apply to participate in the early adopter program for Concept N.

After you apply to be considered for the program, The Future Lab Program will invite potential participants to several special events in San Francisco in late September and October.

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Black Girls Do Bike Inspires Women To Cycle

May 16th, 2016

PUBLIC is proud to support Black Girls Do Bike and their efforts to promote healthier lifestyles. We interview founder Monica Garrison below. Also learn more about the upcoming June 10-12 Black Girls Do Bike’s first National Event in Atlanta. PUBLIC Interview With Monica Garrison, founder of Black Girls Do Bike What was the inspiration behind… Read more »

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Black Girls Do Bike

PUBLIC is proud to support Black Girls Do Bike and their efforts to promote healthier lifestyles. We interview founder Monica Garrison below. Also learn more about the upcoming June 10-12 Black Girls Do Bike’s first National Event in Atlanta.

PUBLIC Interview With Monica Garrison, founder of Black Girls Do Bike

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What was the inspiration behind launching Black Girls Do Bike? Tell us about coming up with the name.

The inspiration came after re-discovering how much I enjoyed the simple act of riding my bike in the spring and summer of 2013. I was reaping the physical and mental benefits and my children were joining me and learning to survive without their electronic devices. In my travels I quickly realized that there were very few women who looked like me out riding.

BlackGirlsDoBike.com was an attempt to seek out like minded women who had a passion for cycling but also to inspire those bike-curious lady who were just an obstacle away from cycling regularly. I chose to state it in the affirmative, “Black girls do bike!” as if to say that each time a women of color takes a ride she is reaffirming this truth to herself and to others.

Tell us more how Black Girls Do Bike is currently structured across the country and how volunteer leaders communicate and support each other?

Each of our chapters is led by a lady volunteer who we affectionately call a Shero. Each Shero at some point reached out to me with a desire to encourage more women in their community to ride bicycles. They lead rides, moderate their city’s individual Facebook group pages, network with local bike shops and bike/ped organizations and seek to be an overall voice of positivity and encouragement.

Internally all of our Sheroes are part of a secret Facebook group that we use to support one another in this endeavor. We offer praise, advice, frustrations and suggestions for success. We also have a Shero only password protected website with all the need to know stuff.

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What has surprised you about the being recognized and involved as a voice in the national bicycle advocacy movement?

The funny thing is that 4 years ago I didn’t even own a bike and had never participated in an organized bike ride of any sort. What I had was a desire to ride and that has set me on a truly life changing journey. It has been such a whirlwind for the past couple of years to be at the helm of such an amazing organization.

Now I find myself mentioned as a voice in the national bike advocacy movement. I am much more comfortable being considered a voice in the national women’s advocacy movement. Either way we are busy in the work of empowering women with the help of bicycles.

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Tell us about your upcoming June 10-12 National Meetup “We Ride Together” in Atlanta? What do you hope to accomplish?

Our main goal is to make a mark on the Atlanta Tour De Cure by having a large presence and raising a lot of money for a great cause. Diabetes affects African American families and specifically AA women at disproportionately high rates so for many of us this is personal.

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We chose Atlanta as the spot for our first national meetup as our chapter there is our largest with more than 1200 supporters. The weekend will consist of three days of bike related events. REI CoOp has pitched in to help with the needs of our ladies who are traveling in from out of town and will need their bikes assembled.

Civil Bikes has offered our members discounted rates on bike related historic tours around the city. The weekend will end with a celebration in the form of a relaxed recovery ride along the Atlanta Beltline. We will end up at Piedmont Park with a luncheon and festivities to be held at the beautiful Magnolia Hall. We have more than 15 sponsors so our giveaways at this event will be epic.

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Some of the main reasons people cite that they don’t bike is that they perceive it as an unsafe or inaccessible activity — dangerous public streets, not enough protected bicycle infrastructure, access to trails and bike paths is far and too infrequent. Are there other obstacles – perceived or real – that you think are specific to encourage more women of color to get on a bike?

I believe there are many points of overlap in terms of why people shy away from riding bikes. Many women of color are overweight or obese and those with negative body image issues are less likely to try a new form of exercise with people they don’t know or trust. Our offer to include riders of all levels in our groups rides, which are “no women left behind”, can help those who might not want to tackle new and unfamiliar activity on their own. A friendly Shero who is willing to accompany a new rider to the local bike shop and help her navigate decisions of what type of bike and accessories to purchase can be invaluable. Surprising many women did not learn to ride in childhood so they are even more apprehensive to start as an adult.

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What’s next for Black Girls Do Bike after the National Meetup? What other initiatives, events, and partnerships are you looking forward to?

We are also working on a process to have all of our leadership formerly become certified ride leaders by developing our own course or taking advantage of an education program already in place. We have been contacted by some big names in the cycling community who want to help us further the reach and mission of BGDB. So we plan to pursue those leads and form some strategic partnerships.

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I like the idea of having BGDB ladies from all over the country converge on different cycling events to increase our visibility. Events like NYC’s 5 Boro Bike Tour, Alabama’s Bo Bikes Bama, Maryland’s Seagull Century the Tour de Cure series and many more. If our national meet up this June does what it seeks to accomplish, we may make this a biennial event.

Introducing The PUBLIC U1 Unicycle

April 1st, 2016

Ever since we launched PUBLIC over five years ago, customers have asked us: When are you going to design and produce a PUBLIC unicycle? At PUBLIC, we think bicycles are the most efficient form of transportation. And the unicycle, in our humble opinion, is truly Mass Transit For One. No longer simply the transportation mode… Read more »

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PUBLIC U1 Unicycle

Ever since we launched PUBLIC over five years ago, customers have asked us: When are you going to design and produce a PUBLIC unicycle?

At PUBLIC, we think bicycles are the most efficient form of transportation. And the unicycle, in our humble opinion, is truly Mass Transit For One.

No longer simply the transportation mode of choice for street performers and circus acts, the unicycle is becoming more commonplace in cities around the world. While hoverboards are gaining all the latest headlines, the unicycle is quietly re-emerging as a retro-alternative.

PUBLIC U1 Unicycle

Our PUBLIC U1 Unicycle features a steel fork-style frame, matching painted rims, leather Brooks saddle, alloy seatpost, integrated kickstand, and high-performance cranks. We’re offering our unicycle in our signature Red, Orange, and British Racing Green colors.

And each unicycle comes with our PUBLIC Trieste Coffee Cup Holder so you can ride highly caffeinated while showing off your awe-inspiring balancing skills.

Since we only plan to produce a few hundred PUBLIC U1 Unicycles, we encourage you to pre-order now for only $99. They will be available to ship one year from now on April Fools’ Day 2017.

If you’re one of the first 25 customers pre-ordering our PUBLIC U1 Unicycle, we’ll also throw in special limited edition PUBLIC colored juggling balls and a multi-purpose clown suit for your daily commute or street performance.

Click here to pre-order your PUBLIC U1 Unicycle now. And if our unicycle doesn’t fit your riding needs, make sure to check out all our other PUBLIC bikes.

As we like to say about the PUBLIC U1 Unicycle, “It’s half the wheels and twice the fun!”

Bicycles & Doughnuts Ride on March 26

March 9th, 2016

PUBLIC Bikes is celebrating its Santa Monica store opening with its first (of many) monthly “Go PUBLIC” bike rides. Invite your friends on Facebook. This inaugural first ride is going to be sweet (pun intended)! We’ll meet at the PUBLIC Bikes store at 2714 Main Street in Santa Monica at 11am, then make our way… Read more »

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PUBLIC Bikes is celebrating its Santa Monica store opening with its first (of many) monthly “Go PUBLIC” bike rides. Invite your friends on Facebook.

This inaugural first ride is going to be sweet (pun intended)!

We’ll meet at the PUBLIC Bikes store at 2714 Main Street in Santa Monica at 11am, then make our way through Main Street into downtown Santa Monica.

Our destination: the delicious and infectious Sidecar Doughnuts.

Your first doughnut and coffee is on us for the first 24 people who show up on the ride who also RSVP on Eventbrite. You must register using the ticket link above to qualify for the free doughnut and coffee. And if you’re not one of the first 24 registered riders, please still show up and enjoy the ride!

This is a BYOB (Bring Your Own BIKE) event. The casual round trip bike ride is ~4 miles. We’ll be riding on streets with traffic as a group.

This is a casual bike ride. You don’t need to be a PUBLIC customer or ride PUBLIC bikes. This is open to anyone who shares our passion for bicycles and doughnuts.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS
We have some other fun things planned for the Spring and Summer as well.

  • Earth Day volunteer ride to give back to the community.
  • In May, we will inaugurate The PUBLIC GOOD, a series of co-branded content series with GOOD which will feature prominent figureheads within the design, art and cycling community to discuss urbanist, sustainable topics.
  • During the month of May, we are partnering with LA Metro to promote Bike Month by hosting a Bike to Work Day Pit Stop and to co-sponsor an event with a local non-profit.
  • In June, PUBLIC will take part in Santa Monica’s first ever “open streets” event to celebrate the sustainable community.
  • Each month something new and exciting will be happening at our PUBLIC Santa Monica shop – in-store “pop-ups” featuring local artists, designers and businesses, along with classes, programs and partnerships. Our goal is to make the PUBLIC Santa Monica store a community hub where people come to live, learn and ride. Sign up for our e-mail list below for more details and updates.

 

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Reinventing The Underpass

January 12th, 2016

What comes to mind when we write “freeway underpass?” It’s likely that whatever you pictured didn’t involve thoughtfully composed landscaping, actively used pathways or cool art installations. This article by Alissa Walker explores how cities across the country are reinventing the underpass, perhaps one of the most neglected of city spaces. Reinventing public space into… Read more »

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reinventing the underpass in Toronto

Underpass Park in Toronto, Canada

What comes to mind when we write “freeway underpass?” It’s likely that whatever you pictured didn’t involve thoughtfully composed landscaping, actively used pathways or cool art installations. This article by Alissa Walker explores how cities across the country are reinventing the underpass, perhaps one of the most neglected of city spaces.

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Rendering of The Underline in Miami, Florida

Reinventing public space into something that’s actually usable for the public is near to our hearts. Examples we’ve written about before are projects like PROXY in San Francisco and the High Line in New York City, two urban areas that were reinvented from parking lots and derelict elevated railway lines, respectively, as spaces for people to hang-out, play and enjoy.

Inspired by Alissa’s article, we set out to find a few more examples of reclaimed underpass space in cities near PUBLIC Stores. If you’ve been to an underpass park or live near one, drop us a line with a photo and we’ll add your city to this list!

1. Burnside Skatepark in Portland, Oregon
reinventing the underpass in Portland
Once a renegade spot for illegal skateboarding, Burnside Skatepark was getting so much use it eventually won favor from the community and became city approved.

2. I-5 Colonnade Mountain Bike Park in Seattle, Washington
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Cool story. The I-5 Colonnade Mountain Bike Park in Seattle was built by a team of volunteers and includes over 2 acres of bike track and walking paths. It’s part of a larger 7.5 acre park.

3. SoMa West Skate and Dog Park in San Francisco, California.
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The SoMa West Skate and Dog Park in San Francisco includes a sanctioned space for skaters to shred and a little artificial turn for letting city dogs run around.

4. Proposed Wildlife Overpass in Los Angeles, California.
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Ok, so not an underpass, but worth mentioning. This proposed 165-foot-wide, 200-foot-long overpass would allow large carnivores like wildcats and bobcats a means of getting from one set of mountains to the other without ending up as roadkill.

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Christine writes: “San Jose just finished a public art project under two underpasses in downtown.”

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Art display under Highway 87 in San Jose, Photo by San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs.

SM writes: “New Orleans has a skate park called Parasite built under the freeway. It was built by Tulane City Center, a LLC ran by Tulane Faculty, Tulane School of Architecture Students and community member/organizations.”