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 bikestylespokane.com and she created the worldwide list womenbikeblogs.com (@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.

Outdoor recreation to be counted in US GDP

In a major win at the federal level, the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact […]

Posted in Advocacy, Federal, Tourism, Travel | Tagged , | Comments Off on Outdoor recreation to be counted in US GDP

Colfax-Albion-Pullman Trail Concept Workshops Dec. 7 and 8

A series of public workshops to gather opinions on the future of  the Colfax-Albion-Pullman (CAP) […]

Posted in Trails, Whitman County, WSDOT | Tagged , | Comments Off on Colfax-Albion-Pullman Trail Concept Workshops Dec. 7 and 8

Five-Year Strategic Plan Priority: Communicate our Purpose

Read our posts highlighting priorities in our strategic plan adopted in 2016. Each part of our work […]

Posted in Issues & Advocacy, News | Comments Off on Five-Year Strategic Plan Priority: Communicate our Purpose

Five-Year Strategic Plan Priority: Increase Ridership Statewide

Read our posts highlighting priorities in our strategic plan adopted in 2016. Imagine biking to work or […]

Posted in News, Rides | Comments Off on Five-Year Strategic Plan Priority: Increase Ridership Statewide

Five-Year Strategic Plan Priority: Support Election of Bicycle-Friendly Candidates

Political scientist David Easten famously labeled politics is “the authoritative allocation of values for a […]

Posted in Advocacy, Issues & Advocacy, Legislature, News | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Five-Year Strategic Plan Priority: Support Election of Bicycle-Friendly Candidates

Looking Ahead: Our Five-Year Strategic Plan

As the leadership of the “old” Washington  Bikes and Cascade Bicycle Club embarked on a […]

Posted in Issues & Advocacy, Legislature, News | Comments Off on Looking Ahead: Our Five-Year Strategic Plan

John Wayne Pioneer Trail Recap and 2017 State Funding Request

Protecting and funding the John Wayne Pioneer Trail will be one of Washington Bikes’ priorities […]

Posted in Advocacy, Alert, Funding/Policy, Issues & Advocacy, Legislature, Trails | Tagged , , | Comments Off on John Wayne Pioneer Trail Recap and 2017 State Funding Request

Biking the John Wayne Pioneer Trail East to West

Every time someone bikes the John Wayne Pioneer Trail it creates a new source of […]

Posted in Adventure, Bike Camping, News, Trails | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Biking the John Wayne Pioneer Trail East to West

Ian Mackay’s Journey for Accessibility

Ian Mackay undertook a journey many people would find too daunting to consider: from his […]

Posted in Accessibility, Adventure, Advocacy, News | Comments Off on Ian Mackay’s Journey for Accessibility

Rolling Through Washington: Ian Mackay’s Ride Is Coming Up

Ian Mackay is getting ready to roll later this month on his quest to traverse […]

Posted in Accessibility, Adventure, Advocacy, Funding/Policy, Infrastructure, News | Tagged , | Comments Off on Rolling Through Washington: Ian Mackay’s Ride Is Coming Up