PUBLIC Photo Contest

July 28th, 2011

Check out some of the new photography we are receiving. Thanks for all of the submissions. If you haven’t submitted photos to the PUBLIC Photo Contest, be sure you do by Sunday, July 31st. Prizes include weekend stays at several very special hotels around the US and several $100 merchandise credits. We hope to use… Read more »

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PUBLIC Photo Contest
Check out some of the new photography we are receiving. Thanks for all of the submissions. If you haven’t submitted photos to the PUBLIC Photo Contest, be sure you do by Sunday, July 31st. Prizes include weekend stays at several very special hotels around the US and several $100 merchandise credits. We hope to use the photos for a publication and to give you exposure for your work.

Pick a Product, Win a Bike

July 28th, 2011

We are always on the prowl for new product ideas. Since launch we have designed and developed many products, such as our front racks and farmers market twin panniers. Other products come to us from within the industry, for example our popular Yepp Child’s Seat and Ergo Grips. But many of our favorite items come… Read more »

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PUBLIC Product Contest

We are always on the prowl for new product ideas. Since launch we have designed and developed many products, such as our front racks and farmers market twin panniers. Other products come to us from within the industry, for example our popular Yepp Child’s Seat and Ergo Grips. But many of our favorite items come from customers’ and friends’ suggestions and are not typical cyclist products, like the Camper Wedge, Vlaemsch Moose Head, and Don Mitchell work on paper from the Creative Growth Gallery. We love offering these unusual items.

Have an idea for a new PUBLIC product?
We’re having a contest through the end of August. The person who sends us the best product idea that we end up bringing to the market will get a free PUBLIC V7 or PUBLIC C7. Everyone who leads us to an item that we end up selling will get a $100 merchandise certificate.

We are asking for one idea per customer, and one only. The product needs to be as specific as possible. Only recommend something that you would buy. Products made in the US and gift suggestions for the holiday season are especially appreciated. Send suggestions to contest@publicbikes.com.

Sneak Peek

July 20th, 2011

Here is a sneak peek at some of the PUBLIC Photo Contest entries. Each day more entries are coming in and we appreciate the quantity and diversity of the submissions. The winners will get weekend stays at luxury hotels that offer guests PUBLIC bikes. Spread the word to your photographer friends and maybe they’ll bring you… Read more »

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PUBLIC Photo Contest Entries

Here is a sneak peek at some of the PUBLIC Photo Contest entries. Each day more entries are coming in and we appreciate the quantity and diversity of the submissions. The winners will get weekend stays at luxury hotels that offer guests PUBLIC bikes. Spread the word to your photographer friends and maybe they’ll bring you along if they win.

Photo Credits (clockwise from top left): Amanda, Caris Madison, Colleen, Sara, Deborah, Ethan.

July at PUBLIC: Party, Pictures, Art, and Carmageddon

July 7th, 2011

This is a big month for us with a couple special events and numerous special deals.   We’re doing everything we can to encourage you to enjoy the summer season on a bike. Saturday July 9th in San Francisco First, we’re having our One-Year Anniversary Party at our 123 South Park Headquarters this Saturday, July 9… Read more »

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This is a big month for us with a couple special events and numerous special deals.   We’re doing everything we can to encourage you to enjoy the summer season on a bike.

Saturday July 9th in San Francisco
First, we’re having our One-Year Anniversary Party at our 123 South Park Headquarters this Saturday, July 9 from 11am-3pm.  We’ll remove on-street car parking around our store to accommodate table, chairs, and bikes to hang out. We’ll offer free drinks and snacks, while our friends from American Grilled Cheese Kitchen and Monet’s Cupcakes will sell lunch.  Sale items will be featured for our anniversary party. There will be fun contests with some great prizes. Please RSVP for yourself, friends, and the sun.

Anniversary PHOTO Contest
We’ve already received great entries for our Anniversary Photo Contest where we are giving away weekend stays at hotels that provide PUBLIC bikes for their guests.  Learn more about out Photo Contest. The deadline for entries is July 31st.  Examples of the categories we would to fill are shown below.
PUBLIC Photo Contest Ideas

Saturday July 16th in Los Angeles. Frank Lloyd Gallery and Carmageddon!

Mark Pharis Vase Series

Mark Pharis Vase Series

A unique art show opens this week in Santa Monica at the Frank Lloyd Gallery.  Our founder, Rob Forbes, was invited to curate a selection of contemporary ceramics. Rob was a potter for ten years and stays connected to this community. A full write up of the show is here on the Studio Forbes website.
Much of the nearby San Diego freeway will be closed during this weekend and the LA panic is being billed as Carmageddon. We think this is a fitting event to take place during the show, and Rob will be riding his bike to the event. If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area during the opening on July 16th please come by and preferably on a bike.

PUBLIC’s One Year Anniversary Party: Sat, July 9

June 6th, 2011

We’re celebrating PUBLIC’s One Year Anniversary! We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, July 9 from 11am-3 pm at and outside 123 South Park for our celebration to mark one year of bringing enjoyable, practical, and chic bicycles to the world. It’s been an amazing first year seeing and hearing from happy people riding our orange, chartreuse,… Read more »

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We’re celebrating PUBLIC’s One Year Anniversary!

We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, July 9 from 11am-3 pm at and outside 123 South Park for our celebration to mark one year of bringing enjoyable, practical, and chic bicycles to the world.

It’s been an amazing first year seeing and hearing from happy people riding our orange, chartreuse, powder blue, cream, vanilla, and green bicycles all over the country.

Make it a picnic lunch in South Park. We’ll provide snacks and drinks. And our neighbors The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen will be selling delicious food.

Celebrate with us. At PUBLIC’s One Year Anniversary Party, we’ll:

  • Raffle off weekend getaways at amazing hotel properties that provide complementary PUBLIC bikes for their guests
  • Invite you to participate in photo and video shoots with Orange Photography to potentially star in our upcoming email newsletters, brochures, and website
  • Feature food and drinks from our wonderful neighbor The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
  • Indulge in delicious cupcakes from up-and-coming cup-cakery Monet’s Cakes
  • Have our new PUBLIC bikes for test riding
  • Offer special deals on our apparel – hats, clothes, and shoes
  • Host several activities throughout the day for prizes – slow bike race and other fun activities
  • Food writer Marcia Gagliardi of tablehopper will sign her book “The Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco: Find the Right Spot for Every Occasion”
  • Test your art-tossing skills with Papergirl SF
  • PUBLIC’s One Year Anniversary Party
    Saturday, July 9
    11am-3 pm
    123 South Park
    San Francisco, CA

    Please RSVP by sending an email to rsvp@publicbikes.com. You can also help spread the word by sharing this link and inviting friends using Facebook.

    Bikes Make Life Better

    May 17th, 2011

    We’ve received wonderful referrals from friends and customers. If you work for a company or organization that might consider PUBLIC bikes for employees, let us know. A successful referral will get you a free PUBLIC A7 or PUBLIC J7. At the very least, you should consider inviting our friends from Bikes Make Life Better to… Read more »

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    Bikes Make Life BetterWe’ve received wonderful referrals from friends and customers. If you work for a company or organization that might consider PUBLIC bikes for employees, let us know. A successful referral will get you a free PUBLIC A7 or PUBLIC J7.

    At the very least, you should consider inviting our friends from Bikes Make Life Better to meet with employees at your company or organization.

    Bikes Make Life Better offers a free “Ready to Roll” workshop at workplaces to help your company figure out how to encourage more employees to bike. The benefits are numerous.

    Tired of getting hung up in traffic? Is parking a hassle? Would you like to try commuting to work or getting around on your bike but feel a little intimidated? In a one hour “Ready to Roll” workshop, our friends at Bikes Make Life Better have answers to all your pressing questions:

    • Is it safe to ride with traffic?
    • How do I plan my route?
    • What bike should I ride?
    • How do I carry my stuff?
    • What should I wear?
    • How will I clean up?
    • How do I securely park my bike?

    Contact amy@bikesmakelifebetter.com for details about bringing their “Ready to Roll” workshop to your company or organization. Or contact dan@publicbikes.com if you’re interested in getting PUBLIC bikes.

    How are companies encouraging their employees to bike? Several weeks ago we visited Berkeley-based Annie’s, a company that offers delicious, all-natural and organic alternatives to traditional comfort foods.

    We came with a test ride fleet of PUBLIC bikes for their employees to try. Annie’s is providing their employees reimbursement credit for bike purchases to encourage employees to consider bicycle commuting to work or to get around town.

    We were already big fans of Annie’s, but now even more knowing that the company values their employees enough to encourage them to incorporate bicycling into their lives.

    Some companies, like AOL or Google, provide a fleet of bikes for employees to share. Others, like Annie’s or David Baker + Partners Architects, provide incentives to help employees buy their own personal bikes. Either way, the growing number of companies that want employees to get around by bikes encourages us.

    Does your company provide a financial incentive for employees to buy bikes, or has implemented a company bike share program? We’d love to hear which progressive companies are making life better for their employees.

    Three Fun Gigs for Local Models, Photographers, Writers

    April 5th, 2011

    PUBLIC Models PUBLIC is seeking models for a lifestyle photo shoot that will feature our new bikes, hats, shoes, and other gear.  We are looking for “real people,” rather than professional models, who are comfortable in front of a camera and on a bike. If you are local and have a somewhat flexible schedule, please… Read more »

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    PUBLIC Casting Call for Models

    PUBLIC Models
    PUBLIC is seeking models for a lifestyle photo shoot that will feature our new bikes, hats, shoes, and other gear.  We are looking for “real people,” rather than professional models, who are comfortable in front of a camera and on a bike. If you are local and have a somewhat flexible schedule, please send us a brief note and a high resolution photo to models@publicbikes.com.  Check out the websites Copenhagen Cycle Chic and The Sartorialist to see what we’re after.

    Compensation will be a $100 merchandise credit, plus coffee, snacks, and good humor during the shoot. This modeling gig is more about coming out for fun than about fame. The photos will be used on our website and possibly in a brochure, poster, or magazine. The date and time are weather dependant and TBD but may include an evening.

    PUBLIC Video Stars
    Do you already own a PUBLIC bike? Come share what you love about biking in the city in a two minute filmed interview.  We plan to publish these fun, casual, spontaneous, and genuine customer interviews on our website. Our first video shoot is planned for Thursday, April 14th. If you are available anytime between 11:00-7:00 please send an email to videos@publicbikes.com. If you can’t make it on Thursday, send us an email to let us know you are interested.  We will plan other video shoots soon. There is a small gift for everyone who participates.

    Photographers and Writers for a New Book
    Our friend, author Gary Boulanger is writing a book titled Where to Bike San Francisco. This new guidebook about road and bike path bicycling in the Bay Area will be published in late 2011. The book will feature 83 rides (53 adult, 30 family/kids) in color, with four pages dedicated to each ride, including photos, maps, and historical references. Gary will be riding each selected route with a GPS unit, a notebook, and a camera to compile the highlights of each ride in the four regions: San Francisco, Marin County, Berkeley/East Bay, and the Peninsula.

    He’s asking for Bay Area cyclists to submit a maximum of four photos that were taken in the designated areas. Winners receive up to $300 and a chance to be published.  Here is a press release describing the book and photo contest in greater detail.  Submit your high-resolution photos to wheretobikeSF@gmail.com.

    Give Cardboard this Season

    December 9th, 2010

    Our bikes can be shipped directly to your door in a oversized cardboard box.  This got us thinking imaginatively about what you can do with all that valuable brown paper.  Our environment is important to us. We did our research and checked-in with friends at Apartment Therapy, Design Sponge, and others to come up with ten… Read more »

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    What to do with that big cardboard box?

    Our bikes can be shipped directly to your door in a oversized cardboard box.  This got us thinking imaginatively about what you can do with all that valuable brown paper.  Our environment is important to us. We did our research and checked-in with friends at Apartment Therapy, Design Sponge, and others to come up with ten ideas that range from the practical to the creative. These ideas might even make your holiday a little more fun, thoughtful, healthy, and playful.  Just like a bike.

    Yepp Maxi Rear Child Seat

    Yepp Maxi Rear Child Seat


    New Dutch Kids Seats

    Most products designed for kids suffer from aesthetic compromises (i.e. they are not so easy on the eyes). Leave it to the Dutch to design children’s bike seats that are supremely functional and safe, as well as very good looking. We offer two options, this Maxi Rear Seat for toddlers large enough to sit behind their parent, and the Mini Front Seat designed for younger children who need to sit up front.

    Also at PUBLIC this week:

  • Last date to guarantee bike delivery to East Coast before Christmas: Dec 14th.
    But come visit us until December 24th.
  • Special hours for the Holidays at South Park from December 13-18
    M, T: 11am-6:00pm
    W, Th, Fr: 11am-7:30pm
    Sat.: 11am-4:00pm
  • Stuff a Stocking
  • Our PUBLIC Contest Winners

    November 23rd, 2010

    We had a tough time choosing the winners of our PUBLIC Contest for a new PUBLIC J7 or PUBLIC A7 among so many impressive, thoughtful, and creative entries. We received entries from all over the country from Muscle Shoals, AL to Sarasota, FL to Flat Rock, MI. We had both a contest for university students… Read more »

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    We had a tough time choosing the winners of our PUBLIC Contest for a new PUBLIC J7 or PUBLIC A7 among so many impressive, thoughtful, and creative entries. We received entries from all over the country from Muscle Shoals, AL to Sarasota, FL to Flat Rock, MI.

    We had both a contest for university students and a general contest for everyone else. And we even decided to give away a third PUBLIC bike to a student from UC Berkeley where we received the most university entries. Our Grand Prize winners all received new PUBLIC bikes and the second prize winners received PUBLIC accessories and gear.

    Here are our PUBLIC Contest winners (read the winning submissions below):

    Grand Prize PUBLIC Contest Winner

    Mark Schafer
    Knoxville, Tennessee

    Grand Prize University Contest Winners

    Marieke Van Damme
    Boston University
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Michal Kapitulnik
    UC Berkeley
    Berkeley, California

    Second Prize Contest Winners

    Kate Woodrow
    Berkeley, California

    Sandra Edwards
    New York, New York

    Karen Krutch
    Florence, Alabama

    Heidi Easudes
    Phoenix, Arizona

    Stephanie Holder
    Oakland, California

    Leslie Bloom
    San Luis Obispo, Calfornia

    David Kwan
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Matt Wholey
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Hannah Halliday
    State College, Pennsylvania

    Mary Hosch
    Convington, Louisiana

    Grand Prize Winning Submissions

    Mark Schafer
    Knoxville, TN

    Please view the illustrated version of my entry.

    A 90-Minute Bicycle Trip in Knoxville, Tennessee
    –Starring PUBLIC and Me–

    Stop #1
    MY HOUSE
    We would begin our ride west of town at my house, traveling on roads and PUBLIC greenways towards Downtown.

    Stop #2
    NEYLAND STADIUM
    Home of the Tennessee Vols. It is here that you would discover why you should open a bike shop in Knoxville selling only your orange bikes!

    Stop #3
    THE SUNSPHERE
    No, it’s not actually a wig shop as shown on the Simpsons, but it’s the define mark of the Knoxville skyline and features a great view of the city!

    Stop #4
    RACHMANINOFF STATUE
    A bit random, but this cool monument memorializes the great pianist’s last PUBLIC concert! (it was in Knoxville)

    Stop #5
    MARKET SQUARE
    Perhaps Knoxville’s best PUBLIC space, this is where our bike ride would end with an energizing meal from the farmers’ market or a great local eatery like the Tomato Head. Over lunch, we’d discuss…

    MY QUESTIONS ABOUT BIKES & BIKING
    Question #1
    How do you encourage bike riding when things where you live are pretty far apart?

    Question #2
    To transform my commute, is my only option to sell my house, move, and get a new job?

    Question #3
    What would you suggest to improve biking in Knoxville?

    I would then say, “Thank you” for taking a bike ride in my city.

    THE END

    Marieke Van Damme
    Boston University
    Boston, Massachusetts

    (Note! From “A” to “Z”):

    Ahoy! Boston’s a great town to explore by PUBLIC bicycle. Climb on with me at Boston University. Down we go. Esplanade first. Fenway coming up. Great place to grab a bite, this place called Lower Depths. Hot dogs for a dollar. I like mine with mac and cheese. Just in time to beat the campus rush.

    Kenmore’s the name of this area. Lansdowne Street is our way out of here, where all the home run balls fall. Mothers Rest marks the start of a lovely string of parks with a pleasant bike path. Now we head uphill, so change gears. On past the Museum of Fine Arts. Pedal! Quixotic this trip is not.

    Round the Riverway, where our tires send acorns somersaulting. Soon we plateau at a pond where boats wobble in the breeze. The path around is nice, but no biking allowed. Used to be able to swim here, too. Veer with me instead onto the street where my apartment is.

    Xerxes once halted his army for a week to admire a sycamore. You and I can’t do that, we’ve got studying to do. Zoom back downhill when you’re done; I’ll bike in tomorrow.

    Michal Kapitulnik
    UC Berkeley
    Berkeley, California

    left, left, straight. stop. look under your left shoe. right, straight. right, hang right, stop. look straight ahead. left, left, straight. stop. right, veer left, straight, stop. look to your left. straight, 2nd right, straight, stop. look over your right shoulder. straight, right, right, third left, stop. snacks. straight (riding more slowly) third right, stop. nap.

    Meet the PUBLIC Contest Winners

    May 10th, 2010

    Congratulations to the PUBLIC contest winners. We thought we’d share some of the winners below so you can see the diversity and creativity of entries.  And a huge thank you to everyone who entered. But first, the winners… Grand Prize Winner, PUBLIC M3 Lauren Gerrie New York City, New York Chef. Artist. Observer. 1st Runner… Read more »

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    Congratulations to the PUBLIC contest winners. We thought we’d share some of the winners below so you can see the diversity and creativity of entries.  And a huge thank you to everyone who entered. But first, the winners…

    Grand Prize Winner, PUBLIC M3

    Lauren Gerrie
    New York City, New York
    Chef. Artist. Observer.

    1st Runner up

    Brandi Adams
    Washington, DC
    Advisor. Reader. Believer in Good Design.

    2nd Runner up

    Curt Nickisch
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Radio journalist. Outdoorsman. Soccer fan.

    3rd Runner up

    Marisa Gaggino
    Royal Oak, Michigan
    Antique shop owner. Blogger. Detroit Lover.

    Honorable Mention

    Amanda Moon
    Austin, Texas
    Photographer. Furniture connoisseur. Bacon enthusiast

    Don Stevenson
    Charlottesville, Virginia
    Editor. Family man. Treehouse idealist.

    Mary Lucking
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Artist. Biker. Enigma.

    Shawn Turner
    Carmichael, California
    Illustrator. Teacher. Swimmer.

    Brandon Cole
    Chicago, Illinois
    Editor. Tuff. Cat-daddy.

    Jim Ventosa
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Husband. Father. Nerd.

    Jason Nifong
    Lexington, North Carolina
    Dad. Son. Cycling Enthusiast.

    And now, the winning entries…

    Lauren Gerrie

    Ride-63:00
    I am always early.
    9th Street Espresso. Iced red eye.

    60:00
    You arrive. Introductions and firm handshakes are exchanged.

    55:00
    My iced beverage sits in a cup holder centered on the handlebars of my vintage burgundy Panasonic 10 speed.

    We’re off.
    Buying groceries for a dinner party my company, bigLITTLE Get Together, is hosting this evening.

    50:00
    Union Square Farmers Market: Ramps. Ronny Brook Butter. Fennel. Pears. Rooftop Honey

    38:00
    Bleeker Street between 6th and 7th Avenue.
    Murray’s Cheese: Mascarpone.
    Lobster Place: Mussels

    30:00
    First Avenue between 5th and 6th St.
    Tinto Fino: Mar De Vinas Albariño. Muga Rosé

    22:00
    Houston between Orchard and Allen.
    Russ & Daughters: Walnuts. Dried Strawberries

    15:00
    Avenue B between 2nd and 3rd Street.
    Sigmund Pretzels: Classic Salt

    8:00
    3rd Street between Avenue C and D
    My apartment.
    Lock up.
    Unload baskets.
    Walk up six flights of stairs.
    Unpack groceries and begin to make dinner.

    Menu:

    Roasted Ramp Compound Butter with Soft Pretzels
    Albariño Mussels with Fennel
    Whipped Mascarpone with Black Pepper Poached Pears and Honey
    Toasted Walnuts and Dried Strawberries paired with Rose

    Brandi Adams
    Washington, DC

    Were you to come with me for a bike ride that could only last an hour, you might expect a whirlwind tour through Washington DC: a ride past at the Capitol building, a moment at the White House in the hopes of seeing the President himself, or a long ride around the reflecting pool on an early evening when cherry blossoms have fully bloomed, their pedals following your bike in a cotton candy stream.

    No. I would take you to none of these places.

    Instead, we would go to a little known part of town, Petworth, and ride east to quiet, stately grounds.  The guard at the gate would wave us in as we were just there to take in the landscape and green quiet of the Armed Forces Retirement Home.

    During my first visit  I got lost walking the grounds and several retired soldiers stopped to talk and direct me on my way.

    One gentleman said, “This would be easier if you weren’t on foot.”

    I couldn’t help but agree. With a bike we could examine history through landscape, architecture and humanity with friendly avuncular men with stories that we would otherwise never hear.

    Curt Nickisch
    Boston, Massachusetts

    We’d start where I live and pedal through the Arnold Arboretum, a swatch of rolling hills of exotic trees in Harvard’s care for 137 years.  Then we’d spin out and along Centre Street in Boston’s Jamaica Plain, a collection of urban neighborhoods whose Victorian tripledecker homes recall the history of this country neighborhood for old Boston.

    This route swings us past the original Samuel Adams brewery and around to Jamaica Pond, the only natural pond in Suffolk County and the source of ice – and skating competitions – during the 1800s.

    Then we’d coast down the bike path along the Emerald Necklace, a string of parks designed by the first landscape architect Frederick Olmsted, then past Fenway Park and on to the bike path that nudges the Charles River for miles.

    We’d skirt the water along the Esplanade, pedaling easily with the breeze that pushes a flock of sailboats, around to where that ‘dirty water’ empties into the harbor and we can admire the Bunker Hill Monument over in Charleston, (where one of my ancestors gave his life in that battle for our great democracy).   Finally, we’d ride into the North End to savor a valedictory cannoli!

    Marisa Gaggino
    Royal Oak, Michigan

    Detroit must be seen on bike to appreciate its fragile, tough beauty.  We would start at Eastern Market, a 100+ year old farmer’s market and head south to the Dequindre Cut, a newly paved bike path through what was once a rail line, the remains are covered in spectacular and changing graffiti. We head west along the Detroit Riverwalk, where enlightened leadership saw fit to make preserve the river as public asset instead of a wasteland.  First we have to weave through some of the oldest brick streets, lined with the remains of industrial facilities with names like Stroh’s and Packard, across the international waterway Hiram Walker in Windsor.  Landscaping is indigenous plants, morel mushrooms even! And benches! Now people can actually linger and watch the boats go by.  What a thing to see Detroiters smiling at one another. A quick trip along Jefferson leads us to Belle Isle, an island in the middle of the river, across a bridge we can see the elegant 20’s country club, boathouse, the magnificent beaux arts fountain, conservatory and aquarium. This is a migratory pattern and flying over our heads, are geese, ducks, and there’s swan and herons in the pond, deer nearby. Folks are fishing in the river and having huge family barbecues. The meadow’s up ahead, the city completely disappears, past a monument and at the end we look out to the river’s mouth and the vast sparkling waters of Lake St. Clair.