About Barb Chamberlain
I love to write, I love to ride my bike, and I particularly love connecting people to information and inspiration that may just help make the world a better place to live for us and for our children’s children.
When I care about something I throw myself into it wholeheartedly. When I became a bike commuter that led quite naturally to a lot of involvement first in biking and then in active transportation in general. Because I have a background in politics and public policy much of my effort has been in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Most recently this has all led to me being named executive director of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington (August 2012). This blog represents my personal opinions and not those of the Bike Alliance–you should definitely check out the policy positions and bike news there.
A bit more about me courtesy of other writers:
- Spokane County Commute Trip Reduction Most Valuable Commuter Award, August 2011
- Spokesman-Review–Face Time: Chamberlain Is Big Wheel Among Spokane Cyclists
- BikeShopGirl–Motivational Monday: Barb Chamberlain
- DownToEarthNW: Cycling Advocate Seeks Functional Yet Stylish Accessories
Me, talking about how bikes can save the world:
My public service related to biking, active transportation, and all-modes policy:
Executive Director, Bicycle Alliance of Washington: Starting this position August 1, 2012, and can’t wait!
- Barb Chamberlain Tapped as New ED for Bicycle Alliance
- DownToEarthNW: Barb Chamberlain Named as the Executive Director for the Bicycle Alliance of Washington
- Seattle Bike Blog: Spokane’s Barb Chamberlain Picked as New Bicycle Alliance Director
- Biking Bis: New Director Chosen for Bicycle Alliance of Washington
- Bicycle Paper: New Executive Director for Bicycle Alliance of Washington Announced
- The Slice: Do You Have a Barb Chamberlain Story?
- Pacific Northwest Inlander: Interview–Barb Chamberlain
- SRTC Transportation Blog: Bike to Work Barb to Lead Bicycle Alliance of Washington
Active transportation user and speaker on bike commuting: Bike commuter in most weather conditions beginning sometime around 2003–whenever the City of Spokane installed the bike lane on South Cedar Avenue below Fourteenth. Founder with friend Betsy Lawrence (Head Belle) of Belles and Baskets, an entry-level no-drop group of women who like to bike, talk, and snack! Volunteer at Spokane-area bike races while my Sweet Hubs seeks points to move up a category.
Honors/awards received for biking and advocacy: Spokane County Commuter of the Month, Aug. 2011, Commute Trip Reduction program; YWCA Spokane Woman of Achievement Award for Community Service, Oct. 2010, for contributions to biking; Spokane Regional Health District recognition for contributing to healthy activities, 2010; Certificate of Appreciation from Spokane Mayor Mary Verner for contributions as chair of new Bike to Work Spokane committee, May 2008.
Transportation Advisory Committee and Spokane Regional Transportation Council, 2010–present. Voting member of SRTC Board 2010–2011.
Transportation Visioning Process Team, 2009–2011. Member of work group that designed and oversaw inclusive community participation process to develop a long-term vision for multimodal transportation system in the Spokane region.
City of Spokane Bicycle Advisory Board, 2008–2011. Vice-chair 2009–2010; chair 2010–2011. During my tenure the city adopted a bike master plan as part of the comprehensive plan, created and filled the position of bike/pedestrian coordinator, achieved a Bronze Bike-Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and expanded its bike infrastructure.
Spokane Bikes (formerly Bike to Work Spokane), 2007–present. Founding chair during start-up of committee promoting events for National Bike to Work Week The event grows each year and has become an annual tradition with remarks by the mayor at each Kickoff Breakfast. At our five-year anniversary in 2012 I got to talk with a TV reporter about why I commute.
SpokeFest Association Board of Directors, 2009–2010.
SmartRoutes Spokane Leadership Team, 2008–2010. Invited to serve on citizens’ committee that led development of prioritized plan for countywide active transportation infrastructure and advocated for increased funding as part of nationwide Rails to Trails Coalition effort. Plan adopted by county, several cities, and SRTC board.
And finally, I write a sporadic personal blog at Bike to Work Barb. Some of the posts here on Bike Style originated there. I also tell you more about myself beyond biking on a page there that includes a link to every blog post I’ve ever written, if I didn’t miss one or two along the way.
I finally realized I had so much to say about biking I should turn that subject into its own blog. I created the associated shopping events because it’s so tough for women to find a hospitable point of entry into biking, yet we represent over half the population and if we feel safe enough to ride it’s safer for everyone. We’re the indicator species for biking, according to Scientific American.