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 WA Bikes (then called the Bicycle Alliance of Washington), which served as the initial inspiration and fiscal home for Bike to Work Spokane, 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 and she created the worldwide list (@womenbikeblogs on Twitter). Bikes: - "Sweetie": A Specialized Dolce from Wheel Sport Central in Spokane, which her husband Eric Abbott gave her when they were first dating. - The "Mary Poppins" bike: A Specialized Globe Daily 2 she likes for its upright posture and step-through design. - "Tessa" (short for Tessaract): A Giant Expressway 2 folding bike she purchased at the WA Bikes Annual Gala/auction. Barb and Eric have four children: Kate and Laura Chamberlain and Connor and Cailey Abbott.

30 Days of Biking September 2015: Are You In?

We’ve egged you on for 30 Days of Biking before in April 2014 and 2015. […]

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Washington Bikes and Cascade Bicycle Club Announce Merger Discussion

The boards of directors of the Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes are discussing a […]

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Who Are Your Everyday Superheroes of Bicycling?

 ”Where are they now? They are living among us. Average citizens, average heroes. Quietly and anonymously […]

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Washingtonians Spoke Up for Biking, Health, and Safety and Governor Inslee Listened

Today, Governor Jay Inslee announced a path to retain investments in the safety of our […]

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14 Ideas for Seattle Area Bike Rides

Whether you live in the Seattle area or go to Seattle for a visit, it […]

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From Dome to Home: Tacoma to Seattle via Vashon Island

Part II of David Killmon’s weekend bicycle trip from Seattle to Tacoma and back again. […]

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#WaveBack, Washington: Make the First of Each Month Friendly

Thanks to a rapid-fire Twitter exchange May 31, 2015, we’re hoping you’ll make Brian Fung’s […]

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Washington State Ride of Silence 2015: Voices for Safety

The black armbands tell you: This is a somber procession. The bicycles tell you: This […]

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New Bicycle-Friendly Businesses in Washington State

Congratulations to the newly named Bicycle-Friendly Businesses in the #1 Bicycle Friendly State. Today the […]

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Connections for Kate

“I just rode 9.7 miles! About to do it again on the way home. I […]

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