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Future Bike: Technology

What role do physical and digital technology play in expanding access to streets and input into the design process? How can new technologies make bicycling more accessible for more people by revealing and closing gaps in who counts? 

Those are the questions facing our Future Technology panelists at this Thursday’s Future Bike forum, a half-day conference focused on the intersection of identity and mobility. The panel brings together experts in bike movement history, family biking and transportation planning, this panel will explore the role of play and innovation in expanding bicycling.

Join the conversation! Read more about our panelists below and register today!


Zack Furness, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Communications at Penn State University, Greater Allegheny. He is author of One Less Car: Bicycling and the Politics of Automobility (Temple University Press, 2010) and various articles and book chapters on bicycling, media, punk culture, and teaching. He is also editor ofPunkademics (Minor Compositions, 2012) and co-editor of The NFL: Critical and Cultural Perspectives (Temple University Press, 2014).Furness was a longtime contributing editor of one of the world’s first online publications, Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life, and his work has appeared in the magazines SouciantBitch, and Punk Planet. Active in bands since 1997, he currently sings in Barons.

Jennifer Sta. Ines is a spatial analyst who works on transportation issues in New York City. Her background in and appreciation of maps, data, and commuting by bike brought her to MindRider. Along with helmet creator, Arlene Ducao, and team members, Jennifer is currently MindRiding Manhattan to fulfill the studio’s successful Kickstarter campaign, MindRider Maps NYC: A mental picture of bike riding. Jennifer has a strong interest in grassroots mapping and spends most of her free time collaborating on projects that engage and interact with the urban environment with the group, Urban Solutions.

Shane MacRhodes has worked for over two decades in the active transportation field. His work with non-profits, worker-owned cooperative businesses, and government agencies has been focused on cargo bikes, multi-modal transportation, and making advocacy fun and accessible. He co-founded Kidical Mass, the family focused bike ride that has swept across the country, and runs a Safe Routes to School program at School District 4j in Eugene, Oregon. Shane is a certified League Cycling Instructor Coach with the League of American Bicyclists and has taught hundreds of students (and instructors) from ages 8-78. He created a bicycle and pedestrian education program that is integrated into the three local school districts and helped integrate the SRTS program into the school transportation departments. He works closely with the City of Eugene to build better infrastructure, policies and programs that make car-lite living easier. Now a father to three (5 year old Isadora and 4 year old twins Gus and Ben) his passion for creating better cities for people to live, work and play has grown even more. He sees his job as fomenting a revolution through creating fun, collaborative, and accessible projects and places. You can follow him on twitter @EugeneSRTS, instagram @shanerh or send him an email at [email protected]

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