The main thing about what we would call "women's" bikes is the lower saddlebars... they are also MUCH easier for those with disabilities to mount and dismount. Bad hips, knees, etc... You're not going to struggle to get that bike in between your legs. I know it's a big joke and all, but that's one major reason why you'll see more of this style. I only have somewhat bad knees and the rising saddlebar is hard enough for me to get over on top of the 32" tires on my bike.
Well your grandmother's bike probably had the kickstand more centrally located on the bike, also the grips seem to be more for a kiddy BMX type bike (the cheap ones), lastly the seat isn't flat and wide for women with wider butts, this seat is more for slim bodied
So are these just going to be for employees riding around campus or something? I could see it being great for that.
pull the front brake only on a 10 speed and rider goes over front handle bars - been there, done thatMost bikes with a single caliper brake have it mounted on the back. This one has it front mounted, which doesn't seem like a real good idea. It looks like it might have a coaster brake also which is an odd combination.
It looks like a very efficient bike, down to the paint job that is designed to deter theft. The bike in the picture has no gears, which is a good idea for a bike designed to be used on level ground and at only modest speeds (i.e. the Google campus), that reduces costs and improves reliability. The seat post show that the bike can accommodate virtually any size of rider. The single cross bar cuts costs. The basket is imminently practical.
I can't think of any way to improve it, for it's intended purpose.
Loving all the "it doesn't look cool" comments. High school is over, grow up already. That thing is a perfectly functional bike. Keep arguing about arbitrary aesthetics while the people riding those worry about working at Google.