I wrote this article to celebrate [National Bike to Work Day](http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth/index.php “May is National Bike Month—League of American Bicyclists”). Please note below that [PUBLIC has a sale on that expires today](http://blog.publicbikes.com/2011/05/free-shipping-or-125-merchandise-credit-for-may-16-20-bike-to-work-week/ “Free Bike Shipping or $125 Off Merchandise with Bike Purchase to Celebrate May 16-20 Bike to Work Week—PUBLIC Blog”).
For the last two years, I’ve lived about a block away from South Park. Earlier this year, I snapped a photo at a new bicycle store that had popped up late last year:
The exterior is both striking and very àpropos of this hotbed of Web 2.0:
These display bikes are cleverly locked to the stand. They are also all test-rideable.
There is also a basket of flyers for passerby too shy to come in to the store. From the catalog flyer, I learned that the dog, Simone, is not for sale. The day we came inside, Simone wasn’t in but Dawn’s dog, Riley, was subbing for her. He’s not for sale either.
That would have been the end of things had we not recently decided to move to the Richmond district on the other side of the city. The move necessitates commuting and running errands by bicycle, and Marie had no bicycle she could confidently ride and safely lock. We spent days looking at and test-riding bicycles around the city. And, for some reason, we kept coming back to [PUBLIC bikes](http://wwww.publicbikes.com/).
The first time we stopped by, a person on his way out tried to convince her to try one of the bicycles—she didn’t have the time that time. (We would later find out that he was [the founder of the company](http://studioforbes.typepad.com/ “Rob Forbes. He also founded Design Within Reach”).)