New Bikes for $399

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…. Read more »

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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 Exhibition @ SPUR

October 15th, 2012

PUBLIC WORKS will exhibit at San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) from October 23rd – November 1 (extended date). Bike over and join us. 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… Read more »

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PUBLIC WORKS will exhibit at San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) from October 23rd – November 1 (extended date). Bike over and join us.

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 23rd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

How: Please RSVP for SPUR Exhibition Opening Party

Where: SPUR, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco

What: Design Exhibition & Refreshments.

PUBLIC WORKS posters (20×30 and 40×60) a booklet, and t-shirts will be available for sale at the show. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to SPUR, along with a raffle.

More information here.

Size Matters. Looks Closely. PUBLIC WORKS.

October 2nd, 2012

We’ve just introduced a series of twenty-seven original posters by a stunning group of designers.  These posters are exceptional for a number of reasons, and worth viewing in person if you can in San Francisco from October 9-11 and in New York on October 18-25. The large-scale 40 x 60 prints on canvas (Michael Mabry’s… Read more »

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Michael Mabry

We’ve just introduced a series of twenty-seven original posters by a stunning group of designers.  These posters are exceptional for a number of reasons, and worth viewing in person if you can in San Francisco from October 9-11 and in New York on October 18-25. The large-scale 40 x 60 prints on canvas (Michael Mabry’s shown above) are commanding in presence and also in detail. Each poster tells a special story.  I’ll highlight two contrasting works from Bay Area designers who will be in hand for our October 9th launch at CCA next week: Michael Schwab and Jeremy Mende.


Michael Schwab is a well-known Bay Area designer. His works for the Golden Gate National Recreational area have become iconic. He enjoys working with saturated colors and plays on positive and negative space, often reducing the imagery to simple dramatic abstractions. He’s also a bike aficionado who lives and rides in the “public” hills and spaces of Marin County. He adores the bike as an object, and approaches it from a personal perspective in his piece, capturing the bike from an angle of worship, putting it on a pedestal aesthetically, reducing it to its essence, but asking us to look differently at the form. When was the last time you saw a monochromatic blue bike in a sea of black? Good designers play tricks on us.


Jeremy Mende takes another approach to his notion of “public”, an entirely different aesthetic perspective. Maybe the only element he shares with Schwab is his use of blue.  But Mende lives and works in urban San Francisco, and his influences come from bike scenes on the streets of his city. He has depicted five typical local urban scenarios, a romantic park scene, and a bicyclist getting smacked by a car door, a mom riding with her child, a bike accident and a ghost bike. Much of the imagery is quite violent actually, but Mende had disguised this in a decorative sweet blue and white palette like something you might find on Victorian china or wallpaper at the Ritz.  Good designers can be cleverly subversive.  You have to see this piece in its oversized version and up close in-detail to appreciate it fully.

Several other Bay Area designers will be on hand at our opening event next week, each with works as unique and personal and Schwab’s and Mende. Kit Hinrichs, Michael Mabry, Jennifer Morla, Jason Munn, Jason Schulte, Michael Vanderbyl. Each designer has created a piece as unique and personal as Schwab’s and Mende, and we’ll doing features on each designer later. But look at these closely at these works, you will certainly find something that resonates with your sensibility. If you need a major wake up call or inspiration in your home or office, consider a 40 x 60 version for $350.  For more modest budgets and spaces, we have 20 x 30 sizes available for $50 (unframed) and $250 (framed).  And we’ll be offering t-shirts and other PUBLIC WORKS products in the near future.

And RSVP here for our event next week.

PUBLIC WORKS: Designers Save Cities

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 –… Read more »

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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

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… Read more »

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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

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… Read more »

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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.

 

“Lighter Than Air” PARK(ing) Day on Fri, Sept 21

September 13th, 2012

PARK(ing) Day, we’re presenting “Lighter than Air” – an installation of colorful tall-tube balloons, inflatable balls, and a “flying bicycle.” We’re taking over a few parking spots in front of 599 Valencia @ 17th. Riding a bicycle is the closest many of us will feel to flying so we’re creating a whimsical bicycle-themed space where… Read more »

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PARK(ing) Day is one of our favorite “events” of the year with dozens and dozens of groups reclaiming parking spots throughout the Bay Area and repurposing them into temporary community-oriented public spaces. PARK(ing) Day is now a worldwide activity with people participating in cities around the world.

As part of PARK(ing) Day, we’re presenting “Lighter than Air” – an installation of colorful tall-tube balloons, inflatable balls, and a “flying bicycle.” We’re taking over a few parking spots in front of 599 Valencia @ 17th.

Riding a bicycle is the closest many of us will feel to flying so we’re creating a whimsical bicycle-themed space where everyone can sit, eat, and play.

INTERSTICE Architects and PUBLIC has developed the design concept. Harrington Galleries will provide the furniture to enjoy your dining and lounging experience.

Come enjoy free tastings of Malyasian street food from mamakSF, drinks, and other snacks.

COLLABORATING PARTNERS

PUBLIC
INTERSTICE Architects
Harrington Galleries
mamakSF

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Bikes (and the US Pavilion) Win in Venice

September 12th, 2012

Venice, Italy is not known for bikes. In fact, bikes are banned in town unless you are four years old or younger.  In Venice you either walk or take your choice of water vehicle, and it makes sense.  But this month bikes were given center stage in Venice at two venues: 1) The  Peggy Guggenheim… Read more »

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Venice, Italy is not known for bikes. In fact, bikes are banned in town unless you are four years old or younger.  In Venice you either walk or take your choice of water vehicle, and it makes sense.  But this month bikes were given center stage in Venice at two venues: 1) The  Peggy Guggenheim Museum with the Cycling, Cubo-Futurism, and the Fourth Dimension show featuring Jean Metzinger’s At the Cycle-Race Track (Au Vélodrome) and 2) the Biennale for Architecture show Common Ground. The Biennale for Architecture is the pre-eminent international event for architecture, somewhat like the Olympics. Fifty-five countries around the globe host pavilions with concepts that define the important issues in architecture today.

We went to Venice specifically for the Biennale as our friend and colleague Cathy Ho was the Commissioner and Curator for the US Pavilion titled Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good. Also the Biennale promised to be especially relevant to PUBLIC as the overarching “Common Ground” theme dealt heavily with shared public space and its value and meaning. Today Michael Kimmelman reviewed the show in the New York Times “Projects Without Architecture Steal the Show” and singled out the US Pavilion as one of the highlights.

The provocative US theme “Spontaneous Interventions” focused on architecture and designs that come into existence by circumventing traditional planning processes and include such things as Edible Schoolyards, Post Furniture, Streetfilms, Yarnbombing, and over 150 case studies with clever analog “pull down menus”. The floor of the pavilion had a zillion quotes and factoids that covered developments from cases that range in scope and timing from 7000 BC until today. Did you know that the term “Urban design” was first used at Harvard University in 1956? Romp through their website to appreciate the rich resource of information.

The US Pavilion was among a select group of countries to be acknowledged by the jurors for special recognition. This is no small feat at the Biennale. This marks the first award the US has won at this prestigious show that dates back to 1985. That’s right.  In over 25 years the US has never been given an award. The other award winners included Japan and Russia.

The importance and value of bikes in the city was featured as prominently as any other urban “intervention”. The bike interventions showcased ranged from guerilla bike paths in Los Angeles, to ghost bikes in New York, to unique bike lighting systems, and to bike share programs in Washington DC and New York. From the clever timeline of the floor of the pavilion it became obvious that bikes have played an important role in our cities and urban lives since the 19th century. At first bikes were used to help people escape from industrial cities to the country. Now that cites have become cultural centers they serve the opposite purpose – they help us connect more closely with cities.

There are numerous reasons why the US Pavilion received the honors. At the top might be the relevance of the concept itself. They also made this comprehensive amount of information palatable, educational, sexy and clever. The exhibition was low on ego and high on purpose, the polar extreme from star architecture.

Cathy Ho selected a curatorial “dream team” that  included Paola Antonelli (MoMA), Dave van der Leer (Guggenheim), Ned Kramer (Architect Magazine), Anne Guiney (Urban Design), Michael Sorkin (Terreform), and Zoe Ryan (Art Institute of Chicago). The exhibition design was done by Freecell and Erik Adigard and Patricia McShane of M-A-D. The US Pavilion was something of a Spontaneous Intervention itself, done in a short amount of time on a shoestring budget with many interns yet pulled off so well that viewers would never have known these restraints. It came across like something a professional, well-seasoned team would do. Kudos to the US team.

Again check out the website. Or better yet, go to Venice and see the show. It’s open until November. But leave your bike at home.

 

Communities in the Saddle

September 6th, 2012

Most of our customers make a personal choice to get around or commute by bicycle. But the growing number of groups, companies, and even neighborhoods that encourage people to rethink how they move around also inspires us. Bikes get us to smile, but they also serve a valuable social function. All of the examples below… Read more »

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Most of our customers make a personal choice to get around or commute by bicycle. But the growing number of groups, companies, and even neighborhoods that encourage people to rethink how they move around also inspires us. Bikes get us to smile, but they also serve a valuable social function.

All of the examples below share one common thread – the bicycle is a simple and cost-effective way to create connections between people and places, while also taking care of the environment.

Some museums, like Masschusetts Museum of Contemporary Art provide bikes for their visitors to connect the museum with the surrounding area. MASS MoCa Jodi Joseph sums it up: “What better way to see the area?  An hour or two on a MASS MoCA bike rental can bring you to three world-class art museums, while you take in stunning Berkshire views, tackle truly accessible urban and rural riding, and you get in some good exercise.  Everyone wins!”

Residential communities are taking bikes seriously as well. For example, Grow Community, a neighborhood on Bainbridge Island, Washington provides a fleet of PUBLIC bikes for residents. Grow Community leaders recognize that a healthy community has sustainable transportation options that are not entirely dependent motor vehicles.

We love to see companies such as Clif Bar, Mozilla, AOL, Williams-Sonoma, Rackspace, and others provide our bikes for their employees. We produced custom bikes for Clif Bar’s 20th Anniversary giveaway to each employee. Mozilla offers fiery custom bikes for employees. Williams-Sonoma employees utilize our bikes to move between offices in San Francisco.  And many hotels, like Tribeca Grand Hotel on the Right Coast and Hotel Healdsburg on the Left Coast offer bikes for guests.

If you have other examples of enlightened groups and companies that are encouraging bicycling, please pass them onto us (or send us a photo as part of our contest). And please refer us to your company or any other groups that might be interested in the PUBLIC option.

Bike Shares Go Global

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… Read more »

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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.