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Seven Favorite Things: Gear from PUBLIC Bikes

The sun is out, the days are long, and all we want to do is ride bikes. 

Gear up for your summer rides with these accessories from PUBLIC Bikes.

How Google's "Business Photos" Are Helping Local Businesses

Over the past two years, one of the many programs Google has been testing and developing is called Business Photos. It grew out of the “street view” aspect of Google Maps, which provides a 360-degree panoramic view of the area around a street address.

Business Photos now extends that same technology inside certain local business establishments that want to give it a try. Among the first piloting the technology are the Soma restaurant Ironside, nearby wine bar District, Public Bikes, and the Brick Monkey, in Redwood City.

How Bicycles Helped Emancipate Women

Susan B. Anthony famously said that the bicycle “has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” Sue Macy’s book, Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (with a few flat tires along the way) tells you why. 

From the influence on fashion (the first pants were for biking) to the impact the bike had on social justice and women’s lib, Macy’s book explores the early days of women and wheels. She will be reading from the acclaimed book this evening at Public Bikes from 6-8 p.m. More details here.

This Week in Fashion: Chanel Lovers at Simply Chic, Public Bikes' 1 Year Party, Banana Republic and Trina Turk Fashion Show, Styling the Modern Man + More

1. Public Bikes' One Year Anniversary at Public HQ & Store (123 South Park), Saturday July 9, 11am-3pm.

Block party it up this Saturday -- biker style -- at Public's One Year Anniversary. Meet the folks behind the cutest bikes around, enjoy free food (American Grilled Cheese Kitchen), a photo contest, loads of amazing discounts on merchandise and much, much more.

Public Bikes 1 Year Anniversary Party in South Park: Raffles, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Bike Races & More

As the city's bike lanes have filled up with adorable Public Bikes, I've gotten more and more jealous that I'm not riding one myself. In honor of the SF-based company's first birthday, I think it's finally time for me to strap on a helmet and give their wheels a go. And boy, is it going to be a party.

Urban Biking & Sustainable Cities @ Dutch Design Week, Coming to SF

In the world of the wanderlust-y, there are Francophiles and Anglophiles, and die-hard Eat, Pray, Love fans that believe Italy and India are the meccas of spiritual reinvention.  Me, I’m more of a Nederphile.

Stuff We Like: Our Weekly Editors' Endorsements

Welcome to our weekly 'Stuff We Like' blog, where 7x7 editors talk about...stuff we like. (Check out past week's 'Stuff We Like' posts here).

Here's what we're into this week...

1. Orange Wines at SPQR
To celebrate San Francisco's Natural Wine Week which starts today (and a mighty beautiful day for it), SPQR is focusing their week's menu around orange wines.

Public Bikes Aims to Get San Franciscans Out of Their Cars

Ten years ago, Rob Forbes, the founder of Design Within Reach, visited Amsterdam. After days spent wandering the cobblestone streets, he was left with one prevailing observation: The city was dominated by bicycles. A vast majority of Amsterdammers—55 percent according to the Earth Policy Institute—peddle to and from work. A trend of that scale doesn’t go unnoticed—not by Forbes, at least. “I like going to a new environment and looking at what humans have created,” he says. “Amsterdam just isn’t a car culture.”

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