This blog represents my personal opinions and not those of the agency I work for. Now that I have that out of the way–
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 asked to describe my career in six words, I said, “Always doing work I believe in.”
In 2012 after years of advocacy volunteer work, this desire to lead an organization doing work I believe in led to me being named executive director of Washington Bikes, the statewide bike advocacy nonprofit. I led us through a merger with Cascade Bicycle Club, creating the nation’s largest statewide bicycle nonprofit and expanding capacity for our mission. More recently I was named the first Director of the newly created Active Transportation Division at Washington State Dept. of Transportation, where I started working March 1, 2017.
Oh, such a serendipitous career path… I won’t even try to take you on that ride. If you’re really fascinated by my professional activities you can look at my LinkedIn profile. For the fast version of my bike career check out the story I told in the opening plenary session of the 2017 National Bike Summit.
Where else to find my writing: 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, and here you are. I focus on women biking 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. To be very clear, by “women” I mean all women, cis and trans, and I hope my blog welcomes all kinds of riders. Women are the indicator species for biking, according to Scientific American. Happy biking!