Future Bike: At the Intersection of Mobility and Identity

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Future Bike

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September 11, 2014 | 1 to 7 p.m. | Pittsburgh, Pa.

The future success of the bike movement rests on recognizing the strength in our diversity. Future Bike meets at the intersections of difference to create a vision for bicycling that elevates new voices, engages local communities and reimagines how we create streets that are vibrant public spaces that bring us together.

Hosted by the League’s Women Bike Program and Equity Initiative, this half-day forum will discuss how to involve and be led by new and previously overlooked stakeholders — and how to integrate those perspectives to redefine and grow the bike movement.

Not your typical conference, this dynamic gathering will focus on discussions rather than Powerpoints, participation over presentation, and include time and space for an UnConference Cafe. Don’t miss the opportunity to help design the Future!

Draft Agenda
Additional activities in the works!

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

12 P.M. REGISTRATION

1-1:45 P.M. OPENING KEYNOTE / PLENARY

Redefining “Mainstream:” Normalizing bicycling means diversifying bicycling

  • Adonia Lugo, League of American Bicyclists
  • Keith Holt, Milwaukee Bike Works
  • Barb Chamberlain, Washington Bikes

2-3:15 P.M. BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Future Leadership: How do we cultivate diverse leaders in the bike movement and build strong coalitions to advance equity?

In most communities, the path to leadership follows a traditional outline that favors those currently in power while excluding others who lack certain cultural or professional indicators. What are the traditional roads to leadership within the bicycle movement, and how can new stakeholders in bicycling forge their own way? What can the current leaders of the bicycling community do to encourage and develop leaders within underrepresented communities? And finally, how can the new and newly diverse generation of bike movement leaders use their differences as strengths to build a broader, healthier, more inclusive bike movement?

  • Megan Odett, Alliance for Biking & Walking, Kidical Mass DC
  • Ed Ewing, Cascade Bicycle Club
  • Sam Ollinger, BikeSD
  • Naomi Doerner, Bike Easy

Future Messaging: How do we share OUR diverse stories and unique expertise, and communicate the benefits of bicycling from a foundation of equity?

  • Rebecca Susman, Bike Pittsburgh
  • Echo Rivera, visual artist
  • Monica Garrison, Black Girls Do Bike
  • Niiobli Armah, NAACP

Future Engagement: How do we cultivate new models of community engagement that are driven by the vision of local residents?

  • Joanna Bernstein, Casa San Jose
  • Chema Hernandez-Gil, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
  • Miguel Ramos, Multicultural Communities for Mobility

3:15-4 P.M. SNACK + UNCONFERENCE CAFE

4:15-5:30 P.M. BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Future Planning: Bike Equity Planning 101

  • Jessica Roberts, Alta Planning + Design
  • Jamaal Green, PhD student in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University
  • Mike Smart, Professor of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University
  • Zakcq Lockrem, Asakura Robinson

Future Education: What is the future of bike education? As the bike movement expands, how will the ways we teach each other about bikes change?

What is the future of bike education? How do bike educators convey respect in culturally appropriate ways? As the bike movement expands, how will the ways we teach each other about bikes change? This panel brings together Maria Sipin and Anthony Taylor, bike safety educators who have experience teaching in cross-cultural settings, and Professor Zack Furness, who has written a book on the history of bike advocacy in the United States.

  • Liz Cornish Jones, League of American Bicyclists
  • Anthony Taylor, Founding member of Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota
  • Maria Sipin, Women on Bikes SoCal and #womentalkbikes co-host
  • Liz Pisarczyk, Neighborhood Bike Works

Future Technology: What role do physical and digital technology play in expanding access to streets and input into the design process?

  • Hamzat Sani
  • Arlene Ducao, MindRider
  • Zack Furness, Assistant Professor of Communications at Penn State University, Greater Allegheny
  • Shane MacRoades, SRTS Program Manager in Eugene, OR; Kidical Mass  co-founder

5:45-7 P.M. CLOSING SESSION

Featuring James Rojas

7-9 P.M. PARTY AND NETWORKING

Location TBA

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

Morning ride hosted by Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club (time, location TBA)

Registration is $20-$25. Click here to sign up — Space is limited!