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PUBLIC Talk: Amy Wibowo on Traveling with Bicycle

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

A few years ago Amy Wibowo didn’t even know how to ride a bicycle. But she became motivated to learn when she moved to San Francisco and acquired a pale green Limited Edition PUBLIC Bike that she named Peppermint Patty.

In the last few years, she’s taken Peppermint Patty with her on bike trips to Finland, Copenhagen, Provence, Paris, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and other parts of the Bay Area.

Have you ever wanted to travel with a bicycle but been to worried that it would be too complicated for you, or that you don’t have enough expertise? That’s why we’ve invited Amy to share her story & hopefully inspire some of you to consider incorporating a bicycle into your travels.

We’ll have drinks and snacks to share. Come meet Amy and the PUBLIC gang as we dream up our next vacation.

Learn more about Amy and her blog here.

WHAT: PUBLIC Talk: Amy Wibowo on Traveling with Bicycle
WHERE: PUBLIC Bikes, 549 Hayes Street (between Octavia and Laguna)
WHEN: 6pm-8pm

PUBLIC Summer Warehouse Sale on Sat, July 26

Monday, July 21st, 2014

PUBLIC Warehouse Sale

Summer is here and we’re holding our Summer PUBLIC Warehouse Sale at 205 Alice Street in Oakland on Saturday, July 26.

This is the same day as the annual PedalFest in Jack London Square where the Bay Area community celebrates all things bicycle-related. So stop by our PUBLIC Warehouse sale located just a few blocks from Pedalfest.

We’re selling our test ride bikes, sample bikes, and bikes with slight cosmetic blemishes. We’ll have over 100+ bikes to sell. A handful of them will be for sale as low as $249, but most of these bikes will be priced 30-50% below full retail price. The warehouse sale features a variety of PUBLIC bikes in all sizes, colors, and models.

They go quickly, usually in the first few hours. Come early to get your first pick. It helps to do your research on which PUBLIC bikes you might be interested in so we can point you in the right direction when you arrive for the sale.

WHEN: Saturday, July 26 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
WHERE: PUBLIC Warehouse, 205 Alice Street (@ 2nd), Jack London District, Oakland
WHAT: Bikes Up to 50% Off

Also let your friends know about the PUBLIC Warehouse Sale via our Facebook event page. RSVP to the Facebook event to receive a free copy of our PUBLIC Works book collecting the original artwork of our PUBLIC Works design project.

No early viewings on any bikes, nor inquiries ahead of the PUBLIC Warehouse Sale. Keep in mind our PUBLIC Warehouse Sales are quite popular so please be patient since we want to give customers, on a first come first serve basis, the attention they require to help select the right Warehouse Sale bike for them.

ALL SALES FINAL. NO RETURNS ON WAREHOUSE SALE BIKES


Grand Opening in Hayes Valley Party Recap

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014


Last weekend we celebrated the Grand Opening of our new store at 549 Hayes Street in San Francisco and we really felt the love! So many people came out to help us celebrate and Karl the fog even complied by heading elsewhere and gracing us with a sunny afternoon.

We took silly photos in the photo booth provided by Say Ya!, indulged in delicious food from local eateries Souvla and Local Gai, boogied to the tunes of Curious Quail and had some very lucky winners in our awesome raffle thanks to donations from Rickshaw Bagworks, Timbuk2, Patxi’s, Sean, Papabubble and Brooks England. We raised money through the raffle to support the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

If you took part in the photo booth, download your pictures from Say Ya! here. And if you share them out via social media we’d greatly appreciate if you tag @publicbikes.

We’ve also created an album with party pics, so head here to check it out.

Again, here’s the list of awesome friends of PUBLIC:

PHOTOBOOTH TEAM
Say Ya! Photobooth

FOOD & DRINKS
Souvla – San Francisco

Local Gai : @Local Gai

MUSIC
Curious Quail

RAFFLE & TOTE BAG PARTNERS
Rickshaw Bagworks

Patxi’s Hayes Valley

Emile Lafaurie for Sean

Timbuk2

Papabubble San Francisco

Hayes Valley Grand Opening Party

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

It’s party time!

We’ve opened our new flagship PUBLIC store at 549 Hayes between Octavia & Laguna & we want to celebrate with you at our Grand Opening Party.

It’s going to be a great event. We’re taking over two parking spaces outside of our storefront for a proper sidewalk party that’s going to include free food and drinks, music, a photo booth, special in-store only deals and a raffle with some really great giveaways from local merchants and a really big one of our own, the winner’s choice of either a PUBLIC C7i or PUBLIC V7i in the color of their choosing.

Everyone who attends the party will receive a free raffle ticket to enter to win prizes, but you can increase your chances of winning by buying additional raffle tickets in support of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

The first 100 people who show up to our Grand Opening Party and RSVP on Facebook will receive a limited edition PUBLIC tote bag with surprises inside.

Looking forward to seeing you there and please share this event out with your friends. The more the merrier.

DETAILS
PUBLIC Grand Opening Party
549 Hayes Street, between Octavia and Laguna
Saturday, July 12th between 11am-3pm
RSVP HERE

 

Ride The Rainbow

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

It’s Pride week in our home town. Along with cities such as Dublin, Barcelona and Istanbul, San Franciscans celebrate Pride throughout the month of June. The festivities in SF culminate with a huge parade with fantastic costumes, floats and some incredibly colorful and artistic customized bikes (and riders!), like the ones below. The streetsy, progressive, public nature of this event and the celebration of diversity and community are near and dear to our heart.

If you’re local and want to “byke” in the SF PRIDE parade on June 29th, get all the details here where the San Francisco Bike Coalition lists its special programs.

We’re proud to offer a full spectrum of wheels fit for every form and figure. And within our current color line-up of bikes, like those posed above, you truly can ride the rainbow.

 

PUBLIC Pooch Photo Shoot

Monday, June 9th, 2014

We’re hosting a pooch photo shoot at our new Hayes Valley store, at 549 Hayes Street. If you have a dog and a bike, bring them over on Friday, June 20th from 5pm–7pm or Sunday, June 22nd from 10am-1pm. We’ll have a backdrop, a photographer and a prop bike (if you don’t bring your own) for you and “fido” to pose with. We’ll send you home with a digital portrait or two, share the pictures out on our our social media platforms and feature them on the big screen in our Hayes Store.

We want to ensure that we have adequate pet treats and scheduling time, so please RSVP with your name, your pet’s name and the day and time you’ll be coming by. On Sunday we’ll even have Beverly Ulbrich, aka the Pooch Coach, helping to coax a smile out of your dogs. If you can’t make it, we’d still love to see your puppy pics so send them over via email to (rsvpATpublicbikes.com) or share them on facebook or instagram, tagging @publicbikes.

Alright Mr. DeMille, we’re ready for our furry close-ups.

PUBLIC Puppy Photo Shoot
PUBLIC Bikes, 549 Hayes St.
Friday, June 20th. 5pm-7pm
Sunday, June 22nd. 10am-1pm
RSVP HERE

Bike To Work Bay Area

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Supervisor London Breed on Cream PUBLIC C7

Yesterday the Bay Area celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Bike to Work Day with an impressive amount of bikers hitting the road. One major San Francisco thoroughfare tallied that nearly 76% of the trips made on it yesterday were done by bike. Well done, San Francisco!

The month of May is National Bike Month and we’re happy to see so many people participating in Bike to Work Day. Of course, we think everyday should be Bike to Work Day for anyone who works less than 5 miles from home. In the Bay Area alone, more than one million Bay Area residents live within five miles of their workplace.

If you’re considering biking to daily as part of your commute, but not sure where to start, check out the San Francisco Bike Coalition for maps and tips and more. If you’re a bike-to-work regular or just getting into biking, drop us a line and let us know how your bike commute went yesterday

Imagine how less congested our streets would be and how much healthier and happier people would be if more people made the choice to bicycle, walk, or take public transit to work.

We’re lucky to live in San Francisco where bicycling is a mainstream activity and the majority of our local elected officials recognize the value of bicycling. This year, 9 out of 11 local elected Board of Supervisors, our Mayor, and our District Attorney all participated in Bike to Work Day with thousands of other residents. Bike to Work Day helps remind these elected officials to fully fund and prioritize initiatives like Connecting the City which creates safe and accessible bikeways for anyone from 8 to 80 years old.

We know cities can get more people to bicycle if they create separated bikeways like this new one on Polk Street near City Hall. It takes political will and funding to make these changes happen on our public streets.

We encourage you to find out more about your local Bike to Work Day activities – and support your local and statewide bicycle advocacy organizations working to make bicycling better for all of us.


Bike to Work Day 2014 photos by SF Bike Coalition

South Park Closing Sale – Now Through Sat, May 3rd

Friday, April 25th, 2014

This is our last week in beautiful South Park – a place we’ve called PUBLIC home for over four wonderful years. We’re closing our 123 South Park store location on Saturday, May 3.

From now until May 3, we’re having a South Park Closing Sale to commemorate our time in SoMa. We’re going to miss our neighbors & friends, but we hope you’ll visit us at our new location at 549 Hayes when we open later in May.

We don’t want to move any inventory to our new location. That’s where you come in. Come get great in-store only deals on new & used bikes, gear, and even framed PUBLIC WORKS posters.

Bikes as low as $299. Gear at prices you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll probably even find some surprising other items for sale at steep discount from our sample collection of gear.

Even if you don’t need anything from PUBLIC, we’d love for you to stop by and say hello and goodbye before we move to Hayes Valley. Every day starting on Monday we’ll have drinks and freshly baked vegan & gluten free goodies from Sweets Simply. Come by 123 South Park for an afternoon drink and sweet snack.

WHEN: Now Until Saturday, May 3. South Park store hours here.
WHERE: 123 South Park b/t 2nd/3rd and Bryant/Brannan
WHAT: Everything Must Go. Everything On Sale.

Also let your friends know about our South Park Closing Sale via our Facebook event page.

Bikes are Up, Traffic is Down in San Francisco

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

City Leaders and Bike Advocates on Bike to Work Day. Traffic on Bay Bridge.

Many of us accept punishing traffic situations on a daily basis. Traffic can seem as inevitable as having to file your taxes every April. But while we haven’t figured out a better solution for the 1040 form, traffic is a problem that can be solved. Cities all over the world are being reconfigured to be more pedestrian friendly, limiting car traffic by a number of means, with amazing results. The latest news from the SF Chronicle is that commuter traffic has improved all over San Francisco in the past couple years, with fewer cars on the streets and shorter waits at lights. How did San Francisco manage to reduce automobile congestion? We made our streets better for bikes.

According to the Chronicle, car traffic is improving because more residents and commuters are choosing bicycles and public transit, and leaving their cars at home. The number of people biking in San Francisco has doubled since 2006, thanks to the advocacy of the SF Bike Coalition; the city’s improvements in bike infrastructure like green bike lanes, signals, and parking; and bikes like ours that are designed to be easy for all kinds of people to ride.

The new Bay Area Bike Share is a good “last mile” solution for transit riders to get to their final destination, and regional commuter train BART now allows people to bring their own bikes on board during peak commuting hours (finally!). There are many other forces at work to help solve the traffic problems, such as charging more for parking, creating pedestrian zones and congestion pricing, but bikes are proving to provide the most simple and affordable solution.

These bike-positive changes are happening all over the country, from big cities like ChicagoDC and New York to small towns like Edinburg, Texas. And no matter where you live, it’s a movement you can be part of. Joining a state or local bike advocacy group like the California Bike Coalition is a great way to start. And of course, choosing to ride a bike (using the best commuter bike) or take transit instead of driving a car is the easiest way you can curb traffic in your city.

 

Think The Unthinkable: Cities Without Cars

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

CicLAvia 2013

It is not a stretch to conceive of a time — a few decades from now — when people look back on the 20th century and the onslaught of cars into our cities, and ask “what were they thinking?” After all, who would knowingly lay out cities to prioritize the rights of cars over the rights of people? Who would construct surface level parking lots over precious real estate and not put parking underground?

Fort Mason Parking Lot, San Francisco

Here is an example from my neighborhood, a swath of underutilized asphalt in San Francisco that looks out onto the gorgeous San Francisco Bay. This decision is almost as absurd as putting a prison—Alcatraz—on one of the most scenic islands in the world.

But making the world a better place for cars was pretty much what happened in most US cities in the 20th century, all fueled by low gasoline prices, and the “modern” belief that car mobility was more important than community building. If we were designing cities from scratch today, wouldn’t we park cars on the outskirts, employ efficient mass transit to move people quickly and conveniently, and keep the city human scale safe and friendly for pedestrians and bicyclists?

This inconvenient truth is becoming obvious as cities cope with increasing traffic, congestion, pollution, and a crumbling antiquated infrastructure. The adage “you’re not stuck in traffic, you are traffic” rings true in almost every city where the car dominates our public spaces.

The good news is that major change is afoot all around the world.

Groups as diverse as CicLAvia in Los Angeles and the city fathers in Hamburg, Germany both give us examples of how this problem is being confronted. Hamburg’s “Green Network Plan” goes so far as to call for a phase-out of automobiles in the center of the city altogether over the next two decades. The Hamburg concept is especially noteworthy because Germans love their cars almost as much as we do in the US. Read more here.

CicLAvia in Los Angeles and Sunday Streets in San Francisco are also great examples of how change is occurring in the US. These groups stage events all over the city, open streets for people, and encourage us to rethink our public spaces. These “open streets” initiatives have grown dramatically all over the world in a few years. The concept started in Bogotá, Colombia over thirty years ago as a response to the congestion and pollution of city streets.

You can support CicLAvia and Sunday Streets with a donations. We would love to get some customer pictures from anyone who participates in CicLAvia’s April 6 event on Wilshire Blvd. or Sunday Streets’ April 13 event in the Tenderloin.

The more you read about places like Hamburg and Open Streets groups like CicLAvia and Sunday Streets, the more you realize that the US is still playing catch up to most of the modern world when it comes to smart transportation design and Livable Cities. But perhaps our time has finally come as more people embrace Lewis Mumford’s ideal:

The chief function of the city is to convert power into form, energy into culture, dead matter into the living symbols of art, biological reproduction into social creativity.

Or as he put more succinctly, “Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends.”