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PUBLIC D8i Contest Winner Andrew Stone

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

 

We held a contest recently upon the release of our new PUBLIC D8i and gave away this premium commuter bike loaded with all the bells and whistles. Well friends, we’ve picked our winner.

Drum roll, please.

And the lucky winner of this loaded set of wheels is Andrew Stone of Salt Lake City!

Congrats, Andrew! He joins a growing group of lucky past PUBLIC contest winners, including Lisa, Stan, Manuel, Mark & Lauren.

We asked Andrew to share a bit about himself and here’s what we learned. Andrew moved to Salt Late City in the 90′s and has been bike commuting ever since. The city of Salt Lake has improved greatly over the years he has been riding there, making big strides in accommodating both bike commuters and recreational cyclists.

Andrew not only work commutes daily via bike, but he and his family bike to Farmers Markets, local festivals and events whenever they can. He also runs this website 365 Things To Do in Salt Lake City.

We’re happy our contest winner is already a biking regular and Andrew has assured us winning this bike will take his riding to the next level of style and fun.

A huge thanks to all our participants in this contest and stay tuned for the next PUBLIC giveaway!

Meet Lisa: Our PUBLIC BionX Electric Bike Winner

Friday, March 21st, 2014

PUBLIC BionX Electric Bike E-Bike Contest Winner

She’s smiling because she’s the lucky winner of the PUBLIC BionX electric bike contest that just ended, and we just delivered the good news. (Thanks to all of you who entered the contest.)

We interviewed Lisa yesterday on how bikes fit into her life, and here are a few quotes:

“I commute every day on my bike and it has a lot of benefits, it’s really the fastest way I can get to my office. I could take a bus, but I’d have to walk ten minutes on both ends, and it would take 45 minutes instead of 15. I could drive, but parking is really hard these days, and really expensive.”

“There are three big hills on my commute, I always count ‘em… one more block, one more block, and sometimes I’m just not in the mood to do that last little push up the hill at the end of the day. So this e-bike is perfect! It enables me to go places I wouldn’t think about going on my bike.”

“Today I’m wearing nicer clothes because I had a meeting. I don’t want to arrive sweaty from my bike ride, so this will allow me to ride more leisurely, and look a little bit more professional. I like that.”

“I’m surprised at how much it’s just like riding a bike, but with a little bit of a boost. It just feels a little bit easier, and lighter. It’s nice! You have the benefit of the e-bike, but still have all the style, and the design, and the performance, of a regular bike. For me that’s pretty appealing.”

We’re thrilled that Lisa is so excited about her cool new electric commuter bike from PUBLIC. If you haven’t got to try one for yourself, we have test ride e-bikes at our San Francisco stores. You can come by any time to take one for a spin, and we also have a free overnight loaner program so you can take one home and see for yourself how much fun your commute could be.

Single Speed Contest Winner

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

To celebrate the launch of our new line of single-speeds, we held a contest in November and gave away three new bikes to one lucky winner: Stan E. from Culver City, CA. He chose blue PUBLIC V1 bikes for himself and his two sons, Jack and Pete, and he sent us some (literally!) fantastic photos of them riding together.

Stan says: “I never win anything… I wanted you to know I’m a true fan of the great Public Bikes brand and now my boys and I own our own. You guys create a remarkable product and accessories and your branding is exceptional as well. Thanks again for delivering a smooth and sleek ride on our new V1 bikes.”

We got such a big kick out of the priceless picture they sent as “the first father and son team to win the Tour de France” that we just had to share it with you.

Win a 3-Night Stay at a Kimpton Hotel

Friday, July 19th, 2013

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 to enter the contest by signing up for our newsletter. Deadline to enter is September 30, 2013. Click here for contest details.

You are probably familiar with many of their hotels that exist in many cities across the country. We’re big fans and customers of Kimpton for their shared emphasis on design, high quality food and amenities. We frequently put our guests in their San Francisco properties. Some of our favorite Kimpton properties are the Hotel Monaco in Chicago, the Amara Resort & Spa in Sedona, the Hotel Palomar in San Francisco, and the 70 Park Avenue Hotel in New York. But all of their 60 hotels in 26 cities across the US reflect their commitment to the same high standards and that personal touch of a boutique hotel.

Kimpton has always been considered an industry leader and this program is one further example. They are the first boutique hotel brand with a national presence to offer custom bicycles for hotel guests at every property. You can read the full description of the nationwide Kimpton complimentary bike program here.

The bikes are complimentary for guests’ enjoyment, in keeping with Kimpton’s commitment to health, well-being and sense of fun and adventure. The Kimpton PUBLIC bike will be easy to spot on the street with its custom cherry-red frame with orange and blue accents, cream tires, matching double walled rims, brass bell, and rear basket. The three-speed mixte frame bikes make city riding a fun adventure for novices or expert cyclists alike.

So join the contest, and think about taking a Third Wheel on your next hotel stay at a Kimpton Hotel.

BONUS OFFER FOR PUBLIC CUSTOMERS & FANS
Get two free cocktails for $1. When you book your reservation at any Kimpton Hotel use promo code PUBLIC. For one dollar more than the best available room rate you’ll receive 2 free cocktails per night during your stay. This offer cannot be combined with any other promotions or packages, and some alternatives may apply based on each individual hotel property. Take advantage of this offer between July 22nd – September 30th, 2013 at Kimpton hotels across the country.

NEW PUBLIC R16 Road Bike – Win One

Friday, April 26th, 2013

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 in black, cream, and green. But before we make these available for sale to the general public, we are giving two away to lucky winners. The R16 is priced at $1195 with a special introductory price of $999 this spring.

2 WAYS TO WIN A PUBLIC R16

1. Share the contest with a friend by entering their email address here.

2. Share the contest with your friends on facebook. Get three friends to sign-up and qualify to win.

If you’re already on our email list, then you are automatically entered into the contest. Everyone who enters the contest opts-in to the PUBLIC email list. Deadline to enter is June 1, 2013.

PUBLIC Photo Contest Winners

Monday, April 1st, 2013

We celebrated the launch of PUBLIC WORKS with a photo contest. We asked contestants to explore the same theme we asked of our PUBLIC WORKS designers – interpret the concept of "public" with a vision to reclaim urban streets, sidewalks and spaces for walking, biking and other social purposes. Many excellent and provocative photos came in and our team selected favorites. Thanks to all the participants.

 PUBLIC Choice and People's Choice winners won a new PUBLIC bike. We gave out several second place prizes and highlighted honorable mentions. Read on to hear why we selected them with comments from our staff.

PUBLIC Choice Grand Prize Winner
Photo credit: Manuel Acosta



”This is a unique composition that lends itself to a variety of provocative interpretations. Bikes can lead us to unknown destinations like Alice going down the rabbit hole. This photo also makes us think differently about our built environment, and it’s a very elegant black and white study in form and texture.” – Rob from PUBLIC

PUBLIC Choice Second Prize Winner
Photo credit: Ian Tuttle

“Wow. There is so much about this photo that we love. The perspective. The contrast of shadow and hazy yellowish light. The silhouettes of people sharing this public space together, especially the adult holding a child’s hand. And the crack leading to somewhere seemingly far into the distance, but perhaps close by. The crack reminds us of Andy Goldsworthy’s art, like the continuous crack in front of San Francisco’s deYoung Museum.” – Dan from PUBLIC

PUBLIC Choice Second Prize Winner
Photo credit: John Keller

“I did think it interesting the bicyclist had a rooster rather than a bell… It gives a whole new meaning to playing chicken!” – John Keller

“Everyday urban life gets interesting when you throw a rooster on a bike. It reminds us to stay open and playful about the possibilities of how we reclaim our concrete cities. Bikes, chickens, sidewalk cafes, murals, parks and guerilla gardens all contribute to more livable cities that enliven community connections. Keller’s composition sensibilities remind us of Norman Rockwell with a 21st century twist. Ride on rooster.” – Sally from PUBLIC

PUBLIC Choice Second Prize Winner
Photo credit: Erin Scheopner

“Albert Einstein on his bicycle is a recognizable image for bicycle enthusiasts. You can see joy in his smile underneath his famous moustache. It’s common lore that Einstein came up with the theory of relativity while riding a bike. His famous statement, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep balance, you must keep moving” is often quoted. But when you place a familiar image of Einstein on a bright red telephone booth, you instantly have to stop and take notice. Public art enhances our civic life and this particular image makes us think: Albert’s hint: Riding a bike + Telephone Booth = Teletransportation.” – Noelle from PUBLIC

People’s Choice Winner
Photo credit: Ana K. Gracia

PUBLIC Choice Honorable Mention
Photo credit: Eric Fernandez

PUBLIC Choice Honorable Mention
Photo credit: Dustin Goodwin

PUBLIC Choice Honorable Mention
Photo credit: Patrick Beyer

PUBLIC Choice Honorable Mention
Photo credit: Carlo Pellegrini

PUBLIC Choice Honorable Mention
Photo credit: Gareth

PUBLIC + Good Vibrations Haiku Contest Winners

Friday, August 24th, 2012

PUBLIC + Good Vibrations, with support from Sex+Design, hosted a Haiku Contest around the theme of “Put Something Exciting Between Your Legs.” From July 24-August 20, 2012, we challenged participants to put something exciting in words, or more specifically, in 17 syllables or fewer. The Grand Prize included a $250 PUBLIC bike gift certificate, a PUBLIC Farmer’s Market Picnic Basket, one-year subscription to Sex+Design Magazine, and a $50 gift card and goodie bag of mixed delights from Good Vibrations. Five runner-ups received prizes too.

Download the full list Haiku Contest Winners and Honorable Mentions.

Grand Prize Winner

Kim V. – San Diego, CA

take me for a ride – i’m yours
but don’t forget we need
milk and eggs

Five Runner-Up Winners

Amber S. – San Francisco, CA

Skirt too short,
I pedal down your street
hoping you will peek.

Daniel K. – Sioux Falls, SD

Soft seat snug in crotch
Riding fast over grooved roads
What good vibrations!

Christina F. – Denver, CO

Swollen tires circle
Flashing fast in tandem with
Finger flicking gears

Edwin Z. – San Francisco, CA

One speed or eight speed.
It doesn’t matter how fast -
only that we go.

Ben B – Columbus, OH

leaning on a tree
two bikes await their riders
doing it outside

Ride a Bike, Write a Poem, Win Prizes

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012


What do riding bikes and writing poetry have in common?  Not much and everything. They both can be a lot of fun. They both can ask you to look at the world a little differently. They both inspire you to take a different route just for pleasure. Haiku poetry and bikes are an especially good pairing because they are both about economy and simplicity. They both can get us to pay attention and to smile a little more.

We teamed up with our pals at Good Vibrations for a Haiku Contest with the theme of  “put something exciting between your legs”. Give it a twirl. Prizes range from PUBLIC goods and gift certificates to Good Vibrations goodie bags of mixed delights. Submit entries between July 24 and August 20. If you are in SF come to the Party on August 23 at our Mission District store (599 Valencia) from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. After partying at our store we’ll move down the street to Good Vibrations (603 Valencia) to hear Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen will give an educational and inspirational tour of the store.

SUBMIT A HAIKU

What is a haiku?
Formally the haiku must use exactly 17 syllables arranged in three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables, like this:

World is vast and wide.
So much out there to explore.
Right now, let’s eat lunch.

There are some famous traditional ones from Japan where the genre began:

No one travels
Along this way but I,
This autumn evening.
By Matsuo Basho

A sudden shower falls -
and naked I am riding
on a naked horse!
By Kobayashi Issa

And some famous modern ones like this from Ezra Pound, IN A STATION OF THE METRO that many of us studied in high school.

The apparition of these faces in the crowd:
Petals on a wet, black bough.

Apparently he took some liberties with the haiku form. We encourage you to do the same and join us in the contest.  See more details or spread the word to your friends about our Haiku Contest via Facebook.

 

Ultimate Bike Shop Challenge

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Are you a member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition?

As many of you know, we founded PUBLIC with the belief that bicycles are an important part of a healthy, livable community. Good design, when applied to a bicycle, can inspire more people to get on bikes. But the best way to encourage more people to get around by bicycle is to make our city streets more accessible and safer for the everyday bicyclist.

Clif Bar PUBLIC Bike

Kudos to the SF Bicycle Coalition for transforming many streets in San Francisco into safe places for bikes, including The Wiggle, Market Street, and Valencia Street. Look at some of the work they are currently doing with Connecting the City. This is why PUBLIC supports the 12,000+ member SF Bicycle Coalition  – and why we’re participating in the Ultimate Bike Shop Challenge with other local bike stores to see who can sell the most SF Bicycle Coalition memberships during the month of July.

If you’re already a member of SF Bicycle, thank you for investing in an organization that works to connect the city with safe, comfortable bikeways.

If you’re not a SF Bicycle Coalition member yet, you can join now for $35. Your membership will get you the Urban Bicyclists’ Survival Kit, a one-year subscription of SF Bicycle Coalition”s Tube Times newsletter, free bike trailer rentals, free admission to select events, and discounts at many local establishments – and you’ll help PUBLIC win the Ultimate Bike Shop Challenge!

UPCOMING SF BICYCLE COALITION EVENTS
Seven Hells of San Francisco Bike Ride

Seven Hells of San Francisco Bike Ride

On July 21 join fellow masochists on this ride over some of the steepest hills in the city. Two years ago a PUBLIC team member rode the Seven Hells ride on a PUBLIC M8 – and climbed 25-30% degree hills without walking. It was tough but it proved that you can climb just about any hill in the city on a PUBLIC. Read more about the Seven Hells ride. RSVP here.

Better Market Street

Improve Market Street

Most of us ride on Market Street. To make Market Street into a world-class boulevard, the city needs to make the street more bicycle, pedestrian, and transit friendly. We encourage you to attend upcoming community meetings about Market Street’s future.

Name That City. Win Big Bucks.

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

You can often identify a city by the everyday goods seen on the streets: the people themselves, clothing style, food stands, taxis, architecture, sidewalk materials, mailboxes, doorstops, etc. If we looked closely most of us could infer from these three photos, which came from Austin, Milan, or Copenhagen.

Can you identity a city by the bikes found on the streets?
We took photos of bikes in a city we visited recently. Each bike has a some clue to the city. Identify the city and send your response to contest@publicbikes.com. We’ll randomly pick from all the right answers and award a $100 merchandise credit.

Richard Risemberg won our Greenest City Contest because of his persuasive argument that NYC is the greenest city today. “There are various metrics that can be used to evaluate the greenesss of city. Because NYC has the lowest carbon emissions per capita, NYC deserves to be at the top of the ratings."