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From the blog

Tips for Biking With Kids from @Oakland_Dad

June 8th, 2015

Oakland Dad Gabriel Harter and kids in the Port of Oakland with their PUBLIC Bike


We think biking is cool and dads who bike are extra cool. With Father’s Day just around the corner, we asked extra cool dad and photographer Gabriel Harber from Oakland, CA about biking with his two kids, Ellis and Zelda. We learned many tips for biking with kids in our interview with Gabriel. Namely that the key to getting your kids interested and excited about riding is, quite simply, to keep it fun. For tips on biking with your kids, read the rest of our interview with Gabriel. And for even more how-to’s on family biking check out our post on moms who bike with their kids.


From the blog

Halfway Is Not Enough

July 24th, 2014

San Francisco / Oakland Bay Bridge lacks complete bike lanes


PUBLIC is headquartered on both sides of the San Francisco Bay, with a new flagship store and design studio in Hayes Valley, SF, and a distribution center and office in Jack London Square, Oakland. I often enjoy taking the ferry across the bay to our Oakland office, but sometimes the best choice is to drive across the Bay Bridge.


Every time I sit in bridge traffic returning to San Francisco from the East Bay, I have two conflicting emotions. First, how majestic, elegant, and inspirational the new bridge is aesthetically –and second, how unfortunate, even cruel it is that even after spending $6.5 billion on the modern new eastern span that opened last fall, a person still can’t ride a bike across the bridge from the San Francisco to the East Bay. Read on...


From the blog

Cool Bikes Give Back

April 9th, 2013

Art bikes by Dan Miller and William Scott for Creative Growth, Jennifer Morla and Michael Arcega for Southern Exposure, PUBLIC Bikes


This spring we supported two of our favorite Bay Area non-profit community art centers with bikes embellished with designs based on their artists’ work: Creative Growth based in Oakland and Southern Exposure based in San Francisco. Each organization has a very unique community based program.


Two of our bikes fetched $3,000 for Creative Growth in their annual Beyond Trend fashion auction, a very cool event. Creative Growth, based in Oakland, serves adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities by providing a professional studio for artistic development. They have succeeded in elevating the awareness of their artists to a national level. Dan Miller being an example is a part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art NYC. Another Creative Growth artist, William Scott also recently had his work acquired MOMA. We developed bikes designs off these two artists’ works. Read on...


From the blog

Bikes (and Bars) in Oakland

June 19th, 2012

PUBLIC Bikes and Bars in Jack London Square Oakland


“The quality of a place is defined in part by how many different functions it has in close proximity to homes and to each other.”
Kaid Benfield on neighborhood completeness


I came across this quote in an article “Why a Good Bar is Essential to Sustainable Communities” in my daily feed from the online resource Atlantic Cities – Place Matters. This may be the best single source of enlightened news about developments in the livable cities movement. It seemed utterly appropriate as we just opened our new warehouse and retail store in Jack London Square on the waterfront in Oakland.


Oakland has been experiencing a spectacular urban revival in the last decade, which is why it landed a place in NY Times “Top 45 Places to Visit in 2012.” It has benefitted from smart urban planning and development. It has also become a more affordable alternative to San Francisco and a destination for younger people, artists, and a broad cultural mix. Read on...


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