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.

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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How Long Does It Take to Ride Your Bike? It’s All in the Attitude

Busy, busy, busy. Rush, rush, rush. We’re an impatient society, always in a hurry to […]

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Wanted: Awesome Organized Person to Join WA Bikes Team

You — the administrative support whiz looking for a part-time position working for something you […]

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Biking as Downtime: Musings on Overproductivity

Living as I do now in the land of technology, aka Seattle, I assume I’m […]

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Working for Better Bicycling in North Central Washington

After a great trip to Wenatchee last week and hearing what local bike advocates are […]

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Bikes Are Blooming in Wenatchee

We don’t just want to be a Bicycle Friendly Community. We need to be a […]

Posted in Advocacy, Chelan County, Douglas County, News, Tourism, USBRS, Wenatchee | 3 Comments

Tour de France 2014 Poll: Would You Watch It In Pioneer Square?

We’ve heard “oohs” and “ahhs” from the crowds of 150-200+ who have packed Nord Alley […]

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Heads-up: Getting Your Bike Through Highway Construction in Snohomish County & Whatcom County

The Washington State Department of Transportation currently has contractor crews paving four sections of SR […]

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Snohomish County Bikes: Seattle to Edmonds — Day Trip to the Salish Sea

Snohomish County Bikes: an ongoing series highlighting great bike rides across Snohomish County. The smell […]

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Get Outdoors Expo Celebrates Washington’s Great Outdoors

The young girl all in blue rotated our rack of bike maps, pulling one from […]

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