Author Archives: Barb Chamberlain

Barb joined Washington Bikes as executive director Aug. 1, 2012, and is leading the organization in an expansion of its communications and advocacy to include a new role in bike travel/tourism promotion. Her bike advocacy work started in Spokane thanks to what was then the Bicycle Alliance, which served as the initial inspiration and fiscal home for Bike to Work Spokane (now Spokane Bikes), founded by Barb in late 2007. She has served on a variety of boards and committees in transportation, public policy, and health, and directed external relations at WSU Spokane for 14-1/2 years before coming to WA Bikes. She served 4 years in the Idaho state legislature, the youngest woman ever elected to the House and then the Senate. Barb's personal bike blog can be found at bikestylespokane.com. Most days she rides her road bike, a Specialized Dolce from Wheel Sport Central in Spokane, which her husband Eric Abbott gave her when they were first dating. Barb and Eric have four children between them: Kate and Laura Chamberlain and Connor and Cailey Abbott.

Scofflaw Biking Survey (Yeah, We Said It)

We’re not fans of the term “scofflaw” as applied to people on bicycles. It implies […]

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Trail Projects in Washington State: 2014 Progress Report

Trails hold a special place in our hearts as an organization. Over the years Washington […]

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Winter Bike to Work Day Feb. 13, 2015

In a state with such enormous participation in Commute Challenges, we’re sure lots of folks […]

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10 More 2014 Milestones in Washington State Bicycling

When we listed 13 great things that happened in 2014 for better bicycling, we knew […]

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Getaway to Lake Stevens and Beyond, Day Four: Back to Seattle

Snohomish County Bikes: an ongoing series highlighting great Snohomish County bike rides. Share your own great ride with us! […]

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Getaway to Lake Stevens and Beyond, Day Three: Arlington via Snohomish Centennial Trail

Snohomish County Bikes: an ongoing series highlighting great Snohomish County bike rides. Share your own great ride with us! […]

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Getaway to Lake Stevens and Beyond, Day Two: Marysville

Snohomish County Bikes: an ongoing series highlighting great Snohomish County bike rides. Share your own […]

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Bed, Breakfast & Biking: Getaway to Lake Stevens and More, Day One

Snohomish County Bikes: an ongoing series highlighting great Snohomish County bike rides. Share your own great […]

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#BikeIt: What’s On Your List?

You know what a bucket list is — the things you want to do before […]

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11 Trends that Are Good for the Growth of Bicycling

Bicycling is on the rise across Washington state, the nation, and the globe, across all […]

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