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.

2015: A Big Year for Bicycling in Washington State

How to recap a year with so much in it? One month at a time. January: We […]

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​Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes Merge to Form Nation’s Largest Statewide Bicycle Nonprofit

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

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Update: Proposed Merger of Washington Bikes and Cascade Bicycle Club

Talks continue on the proposed merger between Washington Bikes and Cascade Bicycle Club, which would […]

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What’s That Aroma? #bikesmells

Riding your bike puts you in touch with all your senses. While we often talk […]

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Time for Your Thoughts on Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program — Critical Trail Funding

State officials and legislators are looking for your thoughts about if and how to revise […]

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Hey, Ho, It’s Coffeeneuring We Go

We’re rolling again with the bike challenge tailor-made for all you bike-riding coffee lovers and coffee-drinking […]

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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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