October 22nd, 2015

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Images from @meghantelpner on Instagram.

Scrolling through our Instagram feed one day we were surprised to find a few photos with the most tasty shots of our limited edition PUBLIC C7 bike in yellow. Tasty because the color alone reminds one of bananas (the power fuel of PUBLIC employees), but also because the bike was paired with the most delicious and colorful assortment of food.

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Photo by Catherine Farquharson

We reached out to this foodie + bike lover and learned that she was Meghan Telpner, a Toronto-based author, speaker, nutritionist, and founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. Turns out she got the yellow PUBLIC C7 bike from her local bike shop Cycle Couture and was using it for a photo shoot she was staging for her upcoming cookbook.

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Photo by Catherine Farquharson

We’re excited to announce that Telpner’s cookbook, The UnDiet Cookbook, launched just this week. Congrats, on your new cookbook Meghan! The photography is beautiful (not just because our bike is featured throughout 😉 and the recipes are plant-based and friendly to nearly every diet.

It’s our pleasure to share a recipe from her cookbook that we think would make great fuel for before or after any bike ride. Enjoy!

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Photo by Maya Visnyei

I [Heart] Blueberry Blend

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serves 1–2

Ingredients:
1 cup coconut milk, almond milk, or water
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 handful spinach
1/2 avocado
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1 serving protein powder of choice
1 Tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
2 medjool dates, or sweetener of choice
1 cup ice cubes

Make It Like So:
1. Place all the ingredients in your blender. Blend until smooth.

Excerpted from The UnDiet Cookbook: 130 Gluten-Free Recipes for a Healthy and Awesome Life by Meghan Telpner. Copyright © 2015 Meghan Telpner. Photography Copyright © 2015 Maya Visnyei and Catherine Farquharson. Published by Appetite by Random House, a division of Random House of Canada Ltd., a Penguin Random House Company. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

October 20th, 2015

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The PUBLIC D8i Champs-Elysées Edition

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Champs-Elysees image via flickr

The famous Champs-Elysées boulevard in France has been nicknamed by the French la plus belle avenue du monde, “the world’s most beautiful avenue.” In homage to this tree-lined boulevard we created the PUBLIC D8i Champs-Elysées Edition “PUBLIC’s most beautiful bike” — an elegant ride for trips to neighborhood cafes, shops and along any boulevards in your hood.

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The PUBLIC D8i Champs-Elysées Edition

The PUBLIC D8i Champs-Elysées Special Edition bike harkens back to a classic bicycle that has been in the PUBLIC collection for a long time — a stunning 1950’s-era aluminum mixte bike, the French Mercier Meca Dural 3 Speed Randonneuse.

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1950’s French Mercier 3 Speed Randonneuse

We have written before about how this Mercier served as one of the major inspirations for the current PUBLIC mixte bikes. The Mercier’s unisex “mixte” frame, with its moderate sloping downtube built for both men and women riders, was revolutionary and its shiny aluminum tubing has a gleam that is reminisent of the PUBLIC D8i Champs-Elysées Edition.

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The PUBLIC Champs-Elysées Edition

The PUBLIC D8i Champs-Elysees Edition is built off our premium 8-speed Alfine internal hub commuter PUBLIC D8i bike in gleaming chrome. We’ve upgraded the saddle with the inimitable, Brooks B17 leather saddle in Antique Brown that coordinates with our Antique Brown ring grips. To carry your necessities we’ve added the PUBLIC Porter Rack in Silver. And for safety and style, the handcrafted Spurcycle Raw Bike Bell is included. The PUBLIC D8i Champs-Elysees Edition is being offered at the Special Introductory Price of $1,099 $1,500.

October 14th, 2015

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We decided to give our bikes some extra shine this Fall by introducing five luminous, limited edition colors. What sets these colors apart from our current assortment is a subtle glitter undertone that really shines in the light.

We only produced a handful of these new limited edition color bikes in each size and hue, so if there’s one you like we recommend you act quickly because once they’re gone, they’re gone. These limited edition colors are only available online now for pre-orders.

PUBLIC V1 in Glacier Blue $349 $499
PUBLIC V1 Glacier Blue Bike

PUBLIC C1 in Amethyst $349 $499
PUBLIC C1 in Amethyst

PUBLIC V7 in Antique Rose Gold $499 $649
PUBLIC V7 in Antique Rose Gold

PUBLIC C7 in Blush $499 $649
PUBLIC C7 in Blush

PUBLIC C7 in Seafoam $499 $649
PUBLIC C7 in Seafoam

October 1st, 2015

PLEASE NOTE: Our Sacramento Holiday Pop-up at HOT ITALIAN is closed. A huge thanks to all who visited and stay tuned for more PUBLIC pop-up events in Sacramento. Till then, please visit us online or at our other retail stores.

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Join our Grand Opening Party on Saturday, Nov 7! More info here.

We love riding bikes (obviously) and we love a good pizza too. Just two reasons why we’re “pizza pie in the sky” happy that we opened a PUBLIC Pop-Up Showroom in Sacramento at HOT ITALIAN in Sacramento’s Midtown neighborhood on October 17 from 11am-6pm. Plus, we’re looking to hire Part-Time Sales Associates ASAP. If you are friendly and enjoy getting people on bikes drop us a line here!

Our PUBLIC Sacramento Showroom is now open every Saturday and Sunday through the holidays from 11:30am-6pm. We may add more open days later so check out our up-to-date opening hours here.

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During our three-month pop-up, Sacramento Valley residents will be able to test ride on weekends most of our PUBLIC bikes collection and view a limited assortment of PUBLIC accessories and gear. A sales associate can place an order to have a PUBLIC bike and/or accessories shipped directly to your home for free or discounted shipping, depending on your order.

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Our connection with HOT ITALIAN goes back to the beginning of PUBLIC. When we first launched over five years ago, HOT ITALIAN served as one of our initial retailers. Their cool, like-minded, design-focused aesthetic made this partnership a really special one to us. And now that we’ve grown, we’re excited to operate our own PUBLIC Pop-up Showroom in this well-loved Sacramento gathering spot known for it’s killer pizza, fresh gelato, delicious coffee, and other treats.

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HOT ITALIAN has served as a hub for the Capitol’s bicycling and design community, primarily because of the energy and vision of one of its founders Andrea Lepore. Andrea and her team have hosted dozens of bicycle and design-related events and, of course, provide ample bike parking for customers.

Design of the Box from HOT ITALIAN on Vimeo.

We love their focus on design. For example, watch this video to learn about HOT ITALIAN’s “Design of the Box” project from a few years ago.

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In fact, HOT ITALIAN was the first restaurant in the California ever to receive a Bicycle Friendly Business Award from the League of American Bicyclists.

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We look forward to making many new friends throughout the Sacramento Valley – designers, neighborhood residents, bicycle commuters, and maybe even a few State legislators.

We’re already excited to support the local advocacy organization Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates’ fall fundraising gala Velo Ball where you can win a donated PUBLIC Bike – and meet some of us from PUBLIC who plan to attend this October 16 gala.

Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter to receive updates on our PUBLIC Sacramento Showroom, including our exact soft opening date and our upcoming Grand Opening party.

All images courtesy of HOT ITALIAN and PUBLIC Bikes.

September 28th, 2015

On Oct 1st the neighborhood of Sandton — the second largest central business district in Johannesburg, South Africa — begins an incredible experiment. For the entire month of October select streets in Sandton will be entirely off-limits to cars.

It’s an experiment called the EcoMobility World Festival (ecomobility, meaning environmentally-friendly means of tranport like biking, walking and public transit) and the goal is to “showcase the potential for a neighborhood within a major world city to adopt an ecomobile lifestyle and experience its impact.”

For one month, a significant part of Johannesburg will become an example of a sustainable, environmentally-conscious city of the future could look like. This is music to our alternative transportation loving ears.

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Sandton is one of the most congested areas in Johannesburg with around 80,000 cars and more than 100,000 people moving within the neighborhood daily. No cars on these typically congested streets will be a big change for those who travel them daily and the idea is being viewed by residents with mixed emotions.

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The playful streets in Suwon during Ecomobility Festival 2013 via flickr

While the concept of car-free streets in Sandton is serious, the whole festival is intended to be a joyous one. It’s the opportunity for fun neighborhood interactions with pop-up parks, music and interactive exhibits featuring the opportunity to test out transportation options of the future.

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Image of Suwon via The Urban Idea

And Sandton is not alone in the car-free experiment. In 2013 the city of Suwon in South Korea undertook the same challenge (photo above). And in short, it worked. After the car-free month in Suwon, the city decided to lower the speed limit which reduced congestion, car parking was permanently removed from certain streets and sidewalks, and every month Suwon continues to host a car-free day.

The number of commuters in Sandton is growing by 3.4% per year and at that rapid rate traffic is projected to literally stop unless interventions are made. Hopefully this car-free experiment will change the mentality in Sandton and encourage people to think outside the car to make lasting improvements.

September 21st, 2015

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There’s something so satisfying about being able to carry everything you need to via your bike. In fact, we’d say it’s one of top reasons why biking is such a great way to get around. A bike that’s equipped with a rack and baskets will do all the heavy lifting for you, taking the weight off your back and shoulders. That’s why we are constantly on the hunt for handy ways to help you carry all you need via your bike and are excited to introduce you to a few of our new favorites.
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New Rack Baskets
The beautifully designed Bent Basket is the latest addition to our collection of bike rack baskets. The 100% Ash wood base of the basket is hydrolyic pressed with 2000 PSI (just like skateboards) so it’s clearly strong enough for everyday use. Integrated elastic straps can be configured multiple ways so your items will stay put. Available in Charcoal Grey and Salmon Red for $99.

The Bent Basket must be used with a bike rack like our PUBLIC Rear Rack.
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New Bike Racks
A solid front rack is great for accommodating flat as well as bulky objects. That’s why we created the PUBLIC Porteur Rack, based on classic French delivery cycles. This rack is now available in four new colors – Turquoise, Red, Powder Blue and Cream, as well as Black and Silver for $99 $129. This front rack is designed to perfectly accommodate our beautiful Peterboro Porteur Rack Basket.

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New Pannier Bags
Whether you’re looking for a go-to bike bag for grocery runs or something to get you through weekend touring rides our new bike pannier bags from Ortlieb are the best of all worlds. These bags are waterproof and clip easily and securely to any of our rear bike racks. The Bike Shopper Single Pannier is roomy enough to be your day-to-day commuter and grocery grabber and retails for $100. The Back Roller Plus Pannier Set includes two roomy panniers and is made of super-strong Cordura fabric. It retails for $220.

Both Ortlieb panniers must be used with a bike rack like our PUBLIC Rear Rack.

September 14th, 2015

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Since 2013, 28-year-old librarian Alicia Tapia has been loading up her custom built bike trailer filled with books and pedaling it through the streets of San Francisco by bicycle. She stops in Golden Gate park and sets up a tiny library where she gives out the books to children and adults for free.

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Her pedal-powered library is called Bibliobicicleta and her mission is to spread the love of reading books and riding bikes. Tapia says, “Our goal is to get people to stop in the middle of their busy days to open a book and let their mind ease. An enthusiasm for books is highly contagious. We model reading for our children so that they can pass that on.”

We’re excited to be a part of Tapia’s movement through her current Kickstarter to raise funds for an electric bike that will allow her to extend the reach of Bibliobicicleta.

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Tapia and Bibliobicicleta are part of a growing movement. Bicycle bookmobiles pedaled by librarians are popping up all over the country. There seems to be a natural pairing in these two analog methods of exploring and seeing the world. Pedal powered librarian, Jared Mills of Seattle’s Books on Bikes mobile library program writes, “There is something about seeing a librarian on a bike that brings a smile to people’s face. It is amazing how a librarian can just sit down and start reading a book and kids will just flock.”

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Karen Green started Tucson’s Riding to Reading program with one bike and the a big dream. “My dream is really world domination by book bike, but I will start in Tucson,” says Green.

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Bike bookmobiles create the opportunity for community connection. Regardless of age, gender, income anyone can peruse and borrow a book from these libraries. With Bibliobicicleta, Tapia has never bought one of the books that she displays on her shelves. Anyone can donate a gently used or brand new one. “Often times someone will drop off a book and minutes later someone else will roll by and pick it up. Some times the book donator and the book borrower will meet and get to talk about why they love the book. It’s a really awesome thing to witness,” says Tapia.

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In addition to creating that opportunity for community connection, these bike bookmobiles also do the obvious, promote literacy. Says Tapia, “The first time I took it out, this little girl walked by and said, ‘That is the prettiest bookshelf I’ve ever seen.’ That made it all worthwhile. By seeing this crazy bookshelf, that kid is going to think that reading is something that’s important—reading is something cool.”

And it is.

Bibliobicicleta images courtesy of www.bibliobicicleta.com.

September 3rd, 2015

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With a rack or basket on your bike you can carry just about everything, like your groceries, backpack and, yes, your lovable, four-legged friend.

In these final, dog days of summer we thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite snaps from this year of dogs being carried by bike. If you fancy more dog + bike cuteness head to our all things dog + bike tumblr, Paws & Pedals.

Thanks everyone for your great submissions and keep them coming. If you have a dog and a bike, take a picture and submit your photo and we’ll share it out on Paws & Pedals.

1. Darla, looking extra happy in her Peterboro Original Basket.

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Instagram @megkara

2. Larry the French is all smiles in his custom crate.

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Instagram @debzanncar

3. Lola the cutest pug is sitting pretty in the Luvelo X-Crate

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Instagram @laraakropp

4. Louie, the happy Pomeranian in our Peterboro Original Basket.

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Instagram @classy_girl03

5. The inimitable Buddy Boo with our PUBLIC Mini C Balance Bike in red.

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Instagram @buddyboowaggytails

September 2nd, 2015

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Happy couriers. Images via Pedal Express and missionmission.org.

Labor Day is our nation’s tribute to the contributions of workers around the country. So we wanted to take a moment and salute those who labor by bike. Be it bike messangers who haul packages and mail, pedicab drivers who steer people from point a to be or those incredible bike couriers who are able to get our pizza to us (still hot) and fresh flowers delivered on time to a special someone. We applaud this awesome pedal power and offer our high fives in the form of photos here.

Pizza Delivery

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Image by Pedal Express

Pedicab Driver

Image via flickr

Flower Delivery

Bike Contractor

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Image from Builder By Bike

Mail Messenger

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Image via flickr

Anything Delivery

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Image by Spencer A Brown

August 31st, 2015

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Bay Meadows, CA

According to the report “Millennials & Mobility” by the American Public Transit Association (APTA), 70% of adults under 35 use car-free modes of transportation several times per week and 33% of adults 35-45 want to use cars less. With more people choosing public transportation and bike commuting on the rise, it’s no surprise that residential housing developers are beginning to take notice and build more bike-friendly housing and neighborhoods.

Bay Meadows in San Mateo, CA

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Zeroing in on the fact more people are choosing alternative modes of transportation, housing developments are emphasizing more sustainable, space-efficient living through bikes. “Life in motion” is the tagline of Bay Meadows in San Mateo, CA. And in keeping with its slogan, many initial Bay Meadows residents receive a bicycle and are encouraged to use it for commuting to the nearby rail station and throughout the community.

The Shipyard in San Francisco, CA

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San Francisco Shipyard is another example of a development that’s working hard to promote a more communiity-based lifestyle through bikes. This brand new development offers a bike to all new residents in an effort to create “a place of fewer cars and more neighbors chatting on tree-lined streets… with bike lanes and miles of trails to help people stay active and thriving.”

Via 6 in Seattle, WA and ecoFLATS in Portland, OR

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Car parking takes up a lot of space and comes at a high-cost to developers. In high-density urban areas bikes are extremely efficient space-wise and come at a much lower developer cost. Cities such as Seattle and Portland boast unique highly bike-centric developments. Via6 in Seattle is a 654-unit mixed-use apartment that offers secure bicycle parking and a bike wash station for residents, plus a bike shop on the ground floor. ecoFLATS in Portland offers indoor bike storage (shown above), as well as 75 outdoor bike parking spots for residents. Plus, it’s a net zero building “meaning it generates all of the energy consumed.”

Providing bikes to new homeowners is more than just a nice perk and an effort to be more sustainable. It’s indicative of a bigger shift in addressing the transportation needs of urban-oriented residents.