crispin, humana and trek bicycle bring bike sharing to the states.
On Earth Day, April 22, B-Cycle will finally become a reality. Denver, Colorado will be the launch city for the bike-sharing program, developed by Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Trek Bicycles and insurance company Humana. 500 B-Cycles at 50 B-stations will be available throughout the city as an alternative to cards for short trips. Register at the b-cycle website. Full story and video.
cool bike contest. deadline: 4/15/2010. cool bikes.
a blurb about public bikes… “We’ve been watching the increase in bike usage in cities around the world for about ten years. It’s been fun. Copenhagen has challenged Amsterdam as the center of biking fashion. Paris launched its Vélib program and now thousands of Parisians get around on city-owned bikes. Berlin, Barcelona, Seville, and numerous other cities throughout Europe followed. New York has put in bike lanes along 9th Avenue and bike racks all over the city. Portland has become the commuter bike capital of North America.”
“We’re joining the movement this spring with a small collection of modern bikes and gear. We will be launching this collection in April. Our bikes have been designed around the style and principles of the classic city bikes of Europe, updated with new technology and modern materials, and adapted to the U.S. market. We have two classic European frame styles, both unisex, both made from strong lightweight steel. We designed them for all sizes and ages and made them especially female-friendly. We will have four colors and three gear configurations all using internal hubs. We think our bikes are pretty, but you can be the judge. Prices will range from about $650 to $1200.”
Producer: public bikes
DC Shoes and SE Bikes create the “PK Ripper” fixed gear.
Designed after the iconic BMX bike which originally appeared in the late 70s, the DC x SE will be available in a classic ball burnished finish with blue accents as well as a less flashy matte black. The total run will be 2,500 bikes, 1,250 in each color. Here’s hoping they sent one to Perry Kramer. Available now from Overload for $1,000.
below: Out of these 1000 bikes, The Standard, New York has taken 20 pieces to further customize, showcasing the commuter nature of the bike. 15 bikes will be for the guests.
above: As all of you know, fixed gear bicycles are known to have no brakes, but The Standard’s versions will have a back brake (unless your a seasoned rider, the city streets are not that forgiving, so a brake can definitely help), as well as a reversible back hub and rim which will convert the bike from fixed to freewheel in an instant.
The entire bicycle is matte black, and as our NYC colorway is black & gold, The Standard has added an anodized gold front rim, and a small anodized gold Standard logo badge on the seat tube.
An embossed Standard logo in the custom leather seats, gives this special bike the subtle details that make it truly unique.
If you’re not lucky enough to stay at The Standard and use one of the 15 complimentary bikes there, you can buy your own at The Standard’s online shop for $1,250 USD
Producers: se bikes and dc shoes
Ben van Berkel of the Amsterdam- based practice UNStudio, has been selected to design a 5,000 sq ft pavilion in NYC to mark the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s arrival in New York Harbor.
To be permanently installed by September at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan, (more…)