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 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.

#30DaysOfBiking: It’s That Time Again

The simple pleasure of a bike ride, every day. That’s 30 Days of Biking, an […]

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#BikeLove Party April 2 in Pioneer Square

Come feel the love Thursday, April 2, at the annual #BikeLove Party We postponed this […]

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Washington Bike Summit 2015: Statewide Bike Conference a Sell-Out Crowd

We capped registration, then pushed the cap, then pushed it some more. An event we […]

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Bike to Errands: It’s Time to Errandonnee

Starting today it’s time for another fun, informal bike challenge from the creator of coffeeneuring, […]

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Washington Bike Summit: Featured Speaker Martha Roskowski

“There are bike lanes, and then there are bike lanes. The best have something the […]

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Washington Bike Summit: Featured Speaker Samantha Ollinger

Her voice as a bike blogger was fresh, forceful, and funny. When I first read […]

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Bike Love Party Postponed to April 2

After reviewing the weather report that predicts some stiff winds in addition to 100% chance […]

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Michael Bennett Rides a Bike

We can’t let this Internet meme pass us by. When Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett […]

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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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