#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. After launching this project, we received several recommendations of other groups doing good in the world by bicycle. Here are their stories. If you have… Read more »
#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. After launching this project, we received several recommendations of other groups doing good in the world by bicycle. Here are their stories.
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.
Cycling Without Age
Bicycles are great, but many older citizens don’t have the strength or stamina to ride. Copenhagen’s Ole Kassow of Cycling Without Age saw an opportunity. In 2012, he broke out a trishaw and began giving free rides to nursing home residents. It gives them a chance to converse, tell stories and share their lives. His program has grown into an international organization with affiliates in dozens of countries.
World Bicycle Relief
Can bicycle riding help lead to prosperity and economic relief? World Bicycle Relief provides locally made, specially created bicycles to entrepreneurs, students and medical workers all across Africa. The recipients can study to own, or work to own, their bicycle. Over time, they’ve built a thorough infrastructure of mechanics and repair facilities. Since 2005, the program has grown — in 2014 more than 50,000 bikes were distributed.
Denver Food Rescue
Did you know that more than 30 to 50 percent of edible food is wasted in the United States every day? Yet many people don’t get fresh fruits and vegetable needed to keep them healthy. Denver Food Rescue uses bikes to take food from grocers and farmer markets to No Cost Grocery Programs. Bicycles allow them to redistribute healthy food that otherwise gets wasted to needy folks in hard-to-access neighborhoods and towns.
At Waterside Workshops, they wanted to help develop happy, productive youth, encourage healthy living and promote positive social change in the Bay Area. To meet these goals, they began offering classes, job training, and places for local youth to relax and get involved in fun activities. They provide a full city bike shop and repair area to the community — staffed by adult artists, teachers and mechanics, as well as local youth, learning side by side and building community.
In a post-election blog post, we asked “Where is the Love?” The answer can be found in everyday people whose work helps others or whose lives are inspirations for the simple joys of living or the dignity of hard work. Here are a few people on bikes who inspired us when we heard their stories…. Read more »
The answer can be found in everyday people whose work helps others or whose lives are inspirations for the simple joys of living or the dignity of hard work.
Here are a few people on bikes who inspired us when we heard their stories. Some of these stories are a few years old, but they are a testament to the power of the bicycle and their inspirational stories endure.
Even self-avowed bike enthusiasts often back out of their daily two-wheel commutes when they’re feeling tired or lazy. That’s not an option for Elena Galvez, who has commuted by bike for over four decades. Galvez wouldn’t think of abandoning her commuter bike; she refers to it as her companion. She believes that biking is the secret to a long and happy life, and at 90 years old, she clearly knows what she’s talking about!
Getting back on a bike after recovering from cancer is no easy task, but riding across the country is another thing altogether. Monica Busby decided to do her part for the homeless population by riding from New Jersey to Oregon in support of the Fuller Foundation. Busby believes that she survived cancer for a reason — to bring hope to those with nowhere to call home.
Carl Georg Rasmussen
Carl Georg Rasmussen is no ordinary biker. He’s been racking up thousands of miles per year on his city bike for a long, long time, and at over 80, he shows no signs of quitting. Before he made a name for himself as an octogenarian biker, he built the revolutionary Leitra, a three-wheeled velomobile designed to provide comfort above and beyond what a typical urban bike can deliver. Whether he’s toying with Leitra designs or exploring the world by bike, his zest for life is even more evident now than it was when his velomobile first took the world by storm.
PUBLIC has worked with several leading real estate firms and developers to support more bicycle-friendly, walkable communities. As more people move from the suburbs for denser urban living, the housing market is responding by offering bicycles amenities to meet consumer preferences for more varied mobility choices. Owning a car can feel like more of a… Read more »
PUBLIC has worked with several leading real estate firms and developers to support more bicycle-friendly, walkable communities. As more people move from the suburbs for denser urban living, the housing market is responding by offering bicycles amenities to meet consumer preferences for more varied mobility choices. Owning a car can feel like more of a liability and headache for many urban residents, especially when so many public transit, bicycle, walking, and ride share options are readily available.
We’re proud to work with Palisades, a Los Angeles-based real estate firm known for innovative design that enhance the built environment, to provide custom European-inspired bicycles for homeowners to enjoy their two newly debuted properties’ bike-friendly neighborhoods and live a true California lifestyle. In addition, these two properties, AIRE Santa Monica and The Liddel in Westwood, will feature amenities that include a designated bike room for tune ups and storage. Both of these properties encourage residents to make a connection with nature, the surrounding neighborhood and reduce their carbon footprint via their new step-through, Dutch-style PUBLIC bikes.
We encourage people to take a close look at these properties and why they’re making bicycles an important feature.
AIRE Santa Monica
AIRE Santa Monica is comprised of a boutique collection of 19 purposefully designed residences that capture the unique coastal lifestyle of Santa Monica. The intelligent, open-concept design envisioned by JFAK Architects accentuates light and space and enables an effortless connection between indoor and outdoor living. All residences include generous outdoor living spaces ranging up to 800 square feet, a rare offering in the Santa Monica condominium market.
The property boasts a spacious communal courtyard with casual lounging areas, peaceful water features and a green living wall. Conveniently and centrally located on 14th Street, residents will be able to easily take advantage of all Santa Monica has to offer including world-class dining, cultural, entertainment and shopping, all just a short stroll or bike ride away.
The newest addition to the Wilshire Corridor, The Liddel offers a boutique collection of 56 residences that provide an unexpected blend of classic sophistication and a refined contemporary aesthetic. Refreshingly modern shared amenity spaces are envisioned by renowned interior architect Jamie Bush, whose signature style offers a warm, authentic living environment.
The residences at The Liddel have been thoughtfully designed to provide a clean, open canvas that balances crisp, contemporary lines. Flexible floor plans within each residence type features generous living space. Select residences connect fluidly to private terraces and a variety of penthouses boast panoramic city views. With world-class amenities and one-of-a-kind communal spaces, including a magnificent rooftop with fireplace, lounge areas and BBQs, The Liddel offers an unrivaled lifestyle experience in one of Los Angeles’s most sought-after neighborhoods.
Written by PUBLIC founder, Rob Forbes. Despair, a tough word to parade around, has been a frequent emotion throughout this election process and outcome. Shock, fear, anger, and resentment have been in the air as well, felt in red, blue, and purple states alike. We all despair over an election where, for the first time,… Read more »
Written by PUBLIC founder, Rob Forbes.
Despair, a tough word to parade around, has been a frequent emotion throughout this election process and outcome. Shock, fear, anger, and resentment have been in the air as well, felt in red, blue, and purple states alike. We all despair over an election where, for the first time, both major political party candidates had significantly low approval rankings.
Rural red small town America has voted its despair at the loss of jobs, declining prospects for the future, fear of foreigners, and other reasons. Blue urban America despairs at the roll back of progressive principles, women’s rights, the environment, and more. No one can be truly happy. For the victors, the gratification is that the others did not win. Indeed, where is the love?
What transcends despair? Many things come to mind: music, beauty, nature, food, pets, friends, to name a few.
Our suggestion – go ride a bike.
Ride 100 miles to burn off the stress.
Ride into a small town and have a coffee or beer with people you do not know.
Ride to the country, forest, or beach to get close to the power and beauty of nature.
Ride a bike to a National Park and see what wonders can he had when we take care of your environment.
Ride to lower your own carbon footprint.
Ride with your child on the backseat and try to feels like a kid again.
Ride to get away from the persistent media blitz.
Ride to feel the sensation of independence, freedom, and empowerment.
Ride to someplace local where love and care are being shown, like your pet’s shelter. Take home a rescue dog or cat.
It’s challenging to find just the right bag. Period. But it’s even more challenging to find just the right bike bag. That’s why we’re proud to introduce The PUBLIC Bag Collection. These bags are our solution to the problem of a day-to-night bike bag that, well, doesn’t look like a bike bag. There are plenty… Read more »
It’s challenging to find just the right bag. Period. But it’s even more challenging to find just the right bike bag. That’s why we’re proud to introduce The PUBLIC Bag Collection. These bags are our solution to the problem of a day-to-night bike bag that, well, doesn’t look like a bike bag.
There are plenty of technical bags on the market that you can load up for bike camping or torrential downpours. And we’re thankful for them. But those bags aren’t the ones you want to take into a meeting or theatre or restaurant. They can be cumbersome, and frankly, uncomfortable to try and squeeze between seats at the movies or tuck between the bar and your barstool. After so many years of awkward bag encounters, we knew it was time to fix this.
We partnered with our friends at Detours to learn from their expertise in bag design and manufacturing, and for the past year we’ve been prototyping, testing, tweaking, and riding these bags all over San Francisco and Seattle. With feedback from our riders, we’ve come up with what we believe are the best looking bike bags that don’t look like bike bags.
Crafted of comfortable cotton canvas, these bags are built to look good and hold your stuff. There are interior laptop sleeves and thoughtful pockets to keep you organized. Plus, reflective details to keep you seen and waxed cotton bottoms for added durability.
The Tote and the Carryall bags feature generous haul handles so you can easily carry them when off the bike. In fact, we’ll place a bet that while you’re toting these babies around town no one will guess they can attach to your bike’s rear rack with a simple click. We didn’t just design these bags to fit perfectly onto our PUBLIC bike racks (which they do), we tested them on every other rack we could find.
We think these bags will become your new best friend (next to your bike). The kind of item you always wished you had and now will wonder, how was I ever managing before?
We created a few videos so you could get to know the bags better. Check them out below and then let us know, #whatsinyourPUBLICbag
Last year Pulitzer Prize author David McCullough published a book The Wright Brothers about Wilbur and Orville Wright. The book chronicles their extraordinary journey towards making their mark in aviation history. Not as well known is that the Wright brother were actual bike mechanics who had their own company called Wright Cycle Company during the… Read more »
Last year Pulitzer Prize author David McCullough published a book The Wright Brothers about Wilbur and Orville Wright. The book chronicles their extraordinary journey towards making their mark in aviation history.
Not as well known is that the Wright brother were actual bike mechanics who had their own company called Wright Cycle Company during the early bicycle boom. The money from their bicycle business – selling and repairing popular “safety bikes” like the Wright Cycle Company’s Van Cleves model that laid the foundation for our contemporary city bikes – helped fuel their other endeavors, including their aviation experiments.
Here’s an excerpt from McCullough’s The Wright Brothers:
“[By 1892 the Wright brothers] had also taken up bicycling, and as Wilbur reported, they had lately headed off on a ‘run’ to the south, down the Cincinnati Pike, stopping at the County Fair Grounds to pump around the track several times. From there they continued on to Miamisburg up and over numerous steep hills to see the famous prehistoric Adena Miamisburg Mound, largest of Ohio’s famous conical-shaped reminders of a vanished Native American civilization dating back more than two thousand years. In all they covered thirty-one miles.
“Bicycles had become the sensation of the time, a craze everywhere. (These were no longer the ‘high wheelers’ of the 1870s and ’80s, but the so-called ‘safety bicycles,’ with two wheels the same size.) The bicycle was proclaimed a boon to all mankind, a thing of beauty, good for the spirits, good for health and vitality, indeed one’s whole outlook on life. Doctors enthusiastically approved. One Philadelphia physician, writing in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children, concluded from his observations that ‘for physical exercise for both men and women, the bicycle is one of the greatest inventions of the nineteenth century.’
“Voices were raised in protest. Bicycles were proclaimed morally hazardous. Until now children and youth were unable to stray very far from home on foot. Now, one magazine warned, fifteen minutes could put them miles away. Because of bicycles, it was said, young people were not spending the time they should with books, and more seriously that suburban and country tours on bicycles were ‘not infrequently accompanied by seductions.’
“Such concerns had little effect. Everybody was riding bicycles, men, women, all ages and from all walks of life. Bicycling clubs sprouted on college campuses and in countless cities and towns, including [the Wright brothers home town of] Dayton, [Ohio]. … In the spring of 1893 Wilbur and Orville opened their own small bicycle business, the Wright Cycle Exchange, selling and repairing bicycles only a short walk from the house at 1005 West Third Street. In no time, such was business, they moved to larger quarters down the street to Number 1034 and renamed the enterprise the Wright Cycle Company.”
We are extremely honored that the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City selected our PUBLIC Sprout V1 pedal kids bike to be part of their Fall 2016 product assortment. The MoMA is often identified as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world, and the design bar is extremely high… Read more »
We are extremely honored that the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City selected our PUBLIC Sprout V1 pedal kids bike to be part of their Fall 2016 product assortment. The MoMA is often identified as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world, and the design bar is extremely high when it comes to the products they include in their store. So it’s pretty cool and flattering to see the Sprout V1 featured in their Fall 2016 Catalog along with so many other inventive, well-designed and fun products.
Our PUBLIC Sprout kids bikes follow the same design-oriented pedigree as our grown-up PUBLIC bikes. They boast great style with classic PUBLIC touches like painted-to-match fenders and chainguard, and color-coordinating, comfortable seat and grips. And in addition to good looks, this is a kids bike build with rough and tumble kids in mind. The durable steel frame, quality coaster brake and rust-free chain, means this stylish kids bike is built to last. To the park, to school or just around the block, the PUBLIC Sprout kids bike merges form with function and we’re so proud the MoMA thought so too!
We’re pleased to announce that PUBLIC San Francisco in Hayes Valley will host author Nate Cavalieri to discuss the new Lonely Planet book Epic Bike Rides of the World. Join us for drinks, snacks, and inspiration for your next epic journey. This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP so we… Read more »
We’re pleased to announce that PUBLIC San Francisco in Hayes Valley will host author Nate Cavalieri to discuss the new Lonely Planet book Epic Bike Rides of the World.
Join us for drinks, snacks, and inspiration for your next epic journey. This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP so we can prepare.
Where: PUBLIC San Francisco, 549 Hayes b/t Laguna and Octavia When: 7-8pm, Thursday, Oct 20 What: Author Nate Cavalieri, who contributed to the North America’s Pacific Coast chapter, will share stories and photos of his favorite epic rides, including his own experiences riding the Tour de Afrique and China’s Wild West routes. And come meet other fellow dreamers and doers ready to plan their next adventure.
Please RSVP on Facebook. Also anyone who RSVPs using the Eventbrite ticket link and attends our October 20 event will be entered into a raffle to win a copy of Epic Bike Rides of the World.
According to Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel media company, Epic Bike Rides of the World will help readers “Discover 200 of the best places to ride a bicycle in this beautifully illustrated hardback. From easy-going, family-friendly rides and urban sightseeing routes to epic adventures off the beaten track, you don’t have to wear Lycra to see the world on two wheels. Inclusive, accessible and inspiring, the 200 rides feature 50 first-hand cycling stories and details of how to do the ride. Full-page photography, illustrations and maps add visual appeal. Destinations range from France, Spain and Italy, for the world’s great bike races, to the wilds of Mongolia and Patagonia.
The book is organized into regional chapters for rides in Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. Basic information about the best times of the year to plan a trip are included, as well as suggested places to starting places and routes.
At PUBLIC, we’re not just regular commuters and recreational cyclists. Our team has traveled by bike in diverse places such as Mongolia, Chile, Italy, Montana, and all over California. And we’ve also offered our own ideas in our blog post “A Beginner’s Guide: Top 5 Bike-Friendly Travel Destinations“.
We’re excited to meet fellow (aspiring) bike travelers and learn from Lonely Planet author Nate Cavalieri. Who knows…maybe we’ll plan a trip to Namaqualand to go flower viewing by bike.
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 »
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.
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.
The long Labor Day weekend is nearly upon us and that means you’ll have extra hours to slip in a longer bike ride and even crack open the pages of a good book. So why not combine the two? Here’s our round-up of the best bike-related books for all types of riders, readers and long weekends. For the… Read more »
The long Labor Day weekend is nearly upon us and that means you’ll have extra hours to slip in a longer bike ride and even crack open the pages of a good book. So why not combine the two? Here’s our round-up of the best bike-related books for all types of riders, readers and long weekends.
Holland author Tim Krabbe originally published this cult classic in the Netherlands, and the sports novel has sold more than 100,000 copies. It tells the first-person story of a nail-biting race in the Tour du Mont Aigoual, entering the protagonist’s head as his thoughts whirl as quickly as his legs. We have a window into how he sizes up fellow riders:
“Lebusque is really only a body. In fact, he’s not a good racer. People are made up of two parts: a mind and a body. Of the two, the mind, of course, is the rider.”
More than just a fun way to get around, the bicycle paved the way for women’s rights. Learn how this incredible mode of transportation broke stereotypes, changed fashion and granted women more mobility—and with it, power.
With his clever storytelling and Edwardian drawing style, illustrator Edward Gorey has crafted a wild tale about a journey on a bicycle’s seat—and handlebars. The short, precious book is fit for both children and adults with childlike wonder.
A true, hilarious telling of Moore’s crazed attempt to retrace the path of the Tour de France. The British humorist is determined, and he actually crosses his own finish line. Healthy doses of self-deprecation, biking history, and quirky French shop clerks give this travelogue plenty of personality.
Hallett disassembles the bike to examine its every part and show how each bolt and bracket contributes to the whole. Half history tour, half ode to mechanics, this book will become a favorite of the cyclist who believes the bike is so much more than the sum of its parts.
Biking is more popular than ever. To understand its many subcultures, from the urban sophisticates to the spandexed athletes, this amusing guide will help you navigate through the tribes—and maybe blush once Weiss has accurately pegged own your group.