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.


Inclusion. Such a simple word. “Hey, I feel like going for a bike ride. Want […]

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Tell the Washington Legislature: Focus on Safety and Complete Connections

Going into the 2015 legislative session — an important budget-writing year that sets the two-year […]

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We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident: There Is No “Right” to Speedy Travel

One of the underlying and unspoken assumptions in discussions about streets is the idea that […]

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Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes: Growing Bicycling and Improving Lives Together

By Barb Chamberlain and Elizabeth Kiker The two of us agree: It’s no accident that […]

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Bikes Count–Help Count Bikes!

We’re always working for more and better data on how many people are bicycling to […]

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Gigantic Bicycle Festival Rolls through Snohomish County and into Snoqualmie

Snohomish County Bikes: an ongoing series highlighting great Snohomish County bike rides and issues. If you didn’t […]

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Own a Piece of the Street: Park(ing) Day Sept. 19

Park yourself — in a mini green space or play space you create yourself on […]

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Help Replace Paul’s Stolen Bike

Over the weekend we read the Inlander story about a brash bike thief in Spokane. It’s […]

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Biking Is News All Around the Evergreen State

If you want news like the round-up below in your in-box once a month, you […]

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When I Get Older: Why I’m Counting on a Multimodal System

My five siblings and I dealt with many issues as my parents aged, including transportation […]

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