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Future Bike: Zakcq Lockrem

Zakcq Lockrem works at the intersection of creativity and inclusion. As an urban planner, his philosophy doesn’t just include sustainability and active transportation, but designing for “a multiplicity of identities, histories, and experiences.” At our Future Bike forum on September 11, Lockrem will share his thoughts on a high-profile but complex question: How do we incorporate equity into bike planning?

Read more about Zakcq below and join us for Future Bike, September 11, in Pittsburgh, Pa.


Zakcq Lockrem is a principal and the director of planning for Asakura Robinson, an urban planning, design and landscape architecture firm based in Austin, Houston and Tokyo. Growing up in South Minneapolis, Zakcq became fascinated with the unique overlap of infrastructure and culture that makes up a city. In his work, he focuses on the experience of urban space and the role of public space in shaping civic engagement. He brings broad project experience from the gulf coast, Asia, New England, California, Mexico and West Africa working on issues from bicycling to affordable housing.

In addition, Zakcq brings significant experience from the non-profit sector, which he utilizes in developing cutting-edge public participation strategies and to build the capacity of communities. He served as an adjunct professor of urban planning at Texas Southern University, and is a co-founder of Social Agency Lab, a collaborative of urban planners and designers and anthropologists who engage in public art and creative urban interventions.

Social Agency Lab believes: The process of design is critical to the ability of a space to serve all users’ needs. The design process should be inclusive and empowering to all intended and unintended users of the space in order to meet the needs of all potential end users. We engage users in all phases of the design process, including data collection and analysis, synthesis, alternative design development, and production. We view good design as inherently enabling.

Some of Zakcq’s representative projects include the Washington Avenue Livable Centers Plan, METRO’s Bike and Ride Plan, and the Downtown Houston Public Realm Plan

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