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JUST IN: New Graphic Tees

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

A lot of new t-shirts just arrived at PUBLIC. Sharp enough to wear on their own. Comfy enough to layer with your favorite sweater. Add a pop of color to your winter wardrobe. Check out the whole collection.

New Bikes for $399

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Every now and then some super special deal comes along in the world of transportation.

For cars it might have been the VW Beetle in the 1950’s. In airplanes it might have been Southwest Airlines flights for 49 bucks. For motorcycles it was the popular Honda Super Cub, the most produced motor vehicle in history. In mass transit it was a New York subway fare ride for a nickel until 1948. In Europe it’s probably the unlimited travel Eurorail passes. At PUBLIC it’s our new PUBLIC S7 and PUBLIC T7 that we’re launching this week.

We designed these to be as economical as possible and to meet the needs of so many customers who have pleaded with us to come up with a bike that would sell for under $450. We listened. For a limited time, we’re offering these beauties at a price of $399 (reg. $449) while quantities last. At this price, these might be considered our most PUBLIC and democratic bike.

The PUBLIC S7 and PUBLIC T7 come in a limited range of colors. Although they are without some of the styling details of our PUBLIC C7 and PUBLIC V7 bikes they still maintain the PUBLIC aesthetic with matching fenders and other details. The tires and cable housing are black. While we do not carry matching colored racks, you can select the simple metallic finish or any other complimentary color. The S7 and T7 both come with a 7-speed derailleur.

They ride like butter and are up to our PUBLIC standards. We don’t think you’ll  find a comparable multi-speed, steel-frame city bike with matching fenders, chain guard, and kickstand at this affordable price. It truly is Mass Transit for One.

They are available online now, or in our stores by October 18.

PUBLIC WORKS: Designers Save Cities

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

We are launching PUBLIC WORKS this week.  We invited twenty-seven world renowned designers to interpret the concept of “public” with a vision to improve our cities and how the bicycle can play a part.  The launch begins with exhibitions of twenty-seven large-scale posters in San Francisco at California College of the Arts (October 9th – 11th) and in New York at the FLOS Gallery (October 18th – 25th).  All these posters can be viewed and purchased online and through our stores now, and we will have a book, t-shirts, and other products available shortly.

The impetus for PUBLIC WORKS is to bring greater attention to the critical issues of public space, access, and livability of our cities. If anyone doubts that designers can greatly improve our public world, one only needs to look at the impact that Milton Glaser’s iconic I heart New York logo and slogan had on New York.  Glaser came up with this logo in 1977, a time when New York was struggling financially and culturally. Crime and crack dealers were rampant in all neighborhoods. Subways had become unsafe and The Federal Government was unwilling to help out. President Ford made headlines in the New York Daily News and the infamous headline “ Ford to New York: Drop Dead”.

What to do? Rudy Giuliani had one solution- come down hard on crime. Milton Glaser had another – create love for the city. He created his logo pro bono because he cared so much for the city and because he is an extraordinary public citizen.  Such an act of generosity – the logo inspired a song and seeded a million other derivative marketing efforts around the world.  It may be the greatest piece of public design and the most influential modern logo ever created. And the logo just gets better over time.

We can’t expect Milton’s poster for PUBLIC, nor the other twenty six PUBLIC WORKS and designers to have the same impact, but these works will bring attention to many of the key issues for our cities and our public world that are often overlooked, taken for granted, and even contested. We are in a period when Federal funding for cities, like national health care and public education are suffering from a lack of federal support.  We realize this everyday when we ride smack into a pothole or walk for blocks to find a safe bike rack.

Check out the WORKS from this talented group of designers.  If you would like to have this exhibition in your community or workplace let us know.

 

PUBLIC WORKS @ FLOS in NYC

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

PUBLIC WORKS kicks off in New York City at FLOS from October 18th – October 25th. Bike over and join us. By invite only – please email courtney@bdeonline.biz.

PUBLIC, a San Francisco based bicycle company with a mission to improve the quality and character of our cities and public places announces PUBLIC WORKS. We invited a group of world-renowned designers to interpret the concept of “public” in their own voice and style, to play with the word itself if they desired, and to design large scale posters around these ideas.

JOIN US FOR THE OPENING PARTY

When: October 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Where: FLOS in SoHo (152 Greene Street)

What: Design Exhibition, Spirits, Free Bike Valet Parking

BONUS: First 20 guests receive a free PUBLIC WORKS Book.

PUBLIC WORKS posters (20×30 and 40×60) a booklet, and t-shirts will be available for sale at the show, and many of the designers will be available to sign their poster. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Transportation Alternatives. Free bike valet parking.

More information here.

 

PUBLIC WORKS Exhibition @ CCA

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

PUBLIC WORKS debuts at California College of the Arts (CCA) from October 9th – October 11th. Bike over and join us. Please RSVP.

PUBLIC, a San Francisco based bicycle company with a mission to improve the quality and character of our cities and public places announces PUBLIC WORKS. We invited a group of world-renowned designers to interpret the concept of “public” in their own voice and style, to play with the word itself if they desired, and to design large scale posters around these ideas.

JOIN US FOR THE OPENING PARTY

When: October 9th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Where: California College of the Arts (350 Kansas Street)

What: Design Exhibition, Spirits, Free Bike Valet Parking

BONUS: First 20 guests receive a free PUBLIC WORKS Book.

PUBLIC WORKS posters (20×30 and 40×60) a booklet, and t-shirts will be available for sale at the show, and many of the designers will be available to sign their poster. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Free bike valet parking.

More information here.

 

Fall Style

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

The last weeks of summer bring excitement for new fall fashion. We are thrilled to see the fashion world highlighting bikes, and Vogue recently featured our PUBLIC M8 “Fashion Cycles: The Best Bikes – and the Pre-Fall Looks That Go With Them”. Elle Décor featured our PUBLIC D8 in “Roll Models”. It’s just one more positive sign that the US is embracing bikes for a range of everyday activities.

Katherine Bernard of Vogue guides you towards your bike style. “How will your fashion look on a cycle? Just as you might acquire pieces to complement a favorite new bag, it’s possible to build your ensemble around your bike.” Check out our gear selection to suit your style and spruce up your bike.

PUBLIC bikes are also featured this month in business publications. The Wall Street Journal recently featured Leah Shahum, our Executive Director of the San Francisco Bike Coalition in “Advocate’s Vision for a Bike Friendly City.” It’s a great interview as Leah is one of the most eloquent spokespeople for city biking, and we’re proud to see Leah featured on her orange PUBLIC M8 in national media.

Also check out yesterday’s NY Times article on the city’s support for bike lanes. We dig it.

 

Bike Shares Go Global

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

We’re big fans of bike share programs. We believe that rising tides help all boats – and more people riding bikes, whether they’re using a bike share or riding their own personal bikes is good for everyone. As more people get on bikes, it raises awareness that biking can be a mainstream form of transportation for everyone. That’s good for all of us.

Given our name PUBLIC, one of the obvious questions we get is whether our company develops bikes for bike share programs. The answer is no and yes.

No, we don’t produce bikes for citywide bike share programs because those programs require an entirely different supportive infrastructure and business model. It’s like the difference between producing a tank and a car – very different type of vehicle, specifications and infrastructure required.

But yes, we do provide bikes for private bike share programs for companies and hotels. For example, Williams-Sonoma employees use PUBLIC bikes to get around their four different locations. Hotels such as Hotel Healdsburg, James Hotel Chicago, Tribeca Grand Hotel, and Mondrian SoHo provide PUBLIC bikes for their guests to ride.  Find out more details.

We also provide bikes for outstanding bike rental and tour companies such as Streets of San Francisco in Hayes Valley and San Francisco Bike Rentals near the Ferry Building and Upper Haight.

We’ve been following the development of bike share programs around the world for many years. We’re delighted to see American cities such as Washington, DC, Chattanooga, and New York City follow the lead of world-class cities like Montreal, London, and Paris in implementing bike share programs. In the next year or so our very own San Francisco will hopefully launch its own bike share program.

 

10 Reasons to Get a PUBLIC

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012


The most common question we hear is “what makes PUBLIC bikes unique?” So we put together the top ten reasons to own a PUBLIC.

Helmet Hair

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Are you a lady who likes to wear a helmet without messing up your hair? Refinery29 recently published Helmet Hair, Begone! We’ve Got 5 Bike-Friendly Styles. They offer numerous great tips on hairstyles that are helmet friendly, and we are flattered that they borrowed a few of our helmets for the article. Check out our selection of helmets.

Photos courtesy of Refinery 29 and Anna-Alexia Basile

Getting Local

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Getting around on a bike helps us all connect more closely with our communities. And buying local helps build a better civic connection between residents and local shops, craftsmen, farmers, chefs, and cafes. Urban farming is taking off. San Francisco recently (finally) changed the zoning laws that allow us to grow and sell local produce, a practice that has been gaining momentum across the country. We’d like to see more vacant lots get transformed into urban farms in residential neighborhoods. We encourage you to enjoy the local harvests by shopping at your farmers market. To find out what local goods we now offer, read on.

A large and lively farmers market takes place on Sundays down the street from our new Oakland Store. Come visit us and grab some local produce.

We think of ourselves as part of this “Livable Cities” movement, and so selling local products like honeys and jams makes sense.

BAY AREA BEE COMPANY
San Francisco based Bay Area Bee Company raises beehives with great care in locations across the Bay Area, even inside the city limits. Hive locations are selected based on food and water sources that encourage strong, healthy and productive colonies, and delicious honey. Come by our stores for a taste or buy directly online.

As we grow we plan to introduce more local goods, with a focus on our hometown San Francisco. If you know of products that support local communities, let us know. In the mean time, check out some of the new products we just introduced.

THESE ARE THINGS SAN FRANCISCO CITY MAP
Maps also increase our awareness and appreciation of our local community. We sell several maps with unique illustrations. From a tiny apartment in Ohio, These Are Things printing press designs illustrations with a cartographic twist. Jen Adrion and Omar Noory celebrate where they are from, have traveled, and dream of going. PUBLIC supports their local love for cities. The maps have a nice sense of place and look great in a home, office, or studio.