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.

The PUBLIC Contest Winner: Lauren Gerrie

May 10th, 2010

“Oftentimes people will ask if it is hard to ride a bike in heels. It’s not,” Lauren says. “In fact, it makes wearing heels that much easier because your feet hurt less from not having to walk around. I put together my outfits based around the assumption that I will be riding my bike. This… Read more »

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Contest Winner: Lauren Gerrie“Oftentimes people will ask if it is hard to ride a bike in heels. It’s not,” Lauren says. “In fact, it makes wearing heels that much easier because your feet hurt less from not having to walk around. I put together my outfits based around the assumption that I will be riding my bike. This opens my world of options up tenfold. I tell you what, a girl cannot stand/walk around this city in 4″ stilettos for that long, but she sure as hell can ride in them for hours on end.”

Meet Lauren Gerrie. She is our kind of PUBLIC advocate. And winner of the PUBLIC contest.

She came to New York to dance professionally and later co-founded her own company, bigLITTLE Get Together, to provide contemporary urban cuisine for unique occasions. The bigLITTLE team use their bicycles for their shopping adventures.

Lauren cruises Lower Manhattan by bicycle because it’s economical and faster than other modes of transport. She even commutes at 5 am to her other job as pastry chef in Williamsburg at Marlow & Sons/Diner. From her East Village apartment, she crosses the bridge and gets to work in seven minutes door to door, while enjoying the silence and beauty of a city that is mostly still asleep.

What does Lauren like to do for fun? Lauren says, “Late night rides with a pack of friends, everyone decked out in the their finest threads, wind blowing through their hair, laughter filling the thick humid air, jumping from party to party, roof top to roof top, then locking up at 5am with the sun rising and listening to the birds waking up. Perfection.”

We’re excited to meet Lauren when several of us will be in New York City later this month for our launch ride and event. She’ll also be giving us a bike tour, inspired by her online contest submission, on her new PUBLIC M3.