Vote Now: Public A7 by Public Bikes

In terms of smart, modern transit, little fits a compact city like Washington DC, San Francisco, or Boston like a handy bicycle. Or so goes the thinking of Rob Forbes, founder of Design Within Reach and a new venture, Public Bikes. Though these handsome rides, inspired by the stripped-down functionalism of Dutch city bikes, will easily get you from point A to point B, Forbes is as quick to point out that they are as much about urbanism and responsible transportation as they are about chain guards and fetching frames. We love that Public Bikes manage to marry the classic looks of Northern European bike culture with a strong push out of the car and onto the streets.

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