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. Then came another career opportunity: 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. We’ve put out an award-winning state active transportation plan; I’m serving on national councils; the legislature created new funding for our work in 2022; it’s pretty awesome!
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 (and finding my sweetheart) 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 BikeWalkBake 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.
At some point in my blogging 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. Women are the indicator species for biking, according to Scientific American.
To be very clear, by “women” I mean all women, cis and trans, and nonbinary people. “Style” isn’t meant to point only to clothing choices; it’s the way we live our bike life, and I hope my blog welcomes all kinds of riders. Happy biking!
Finding me on the socials
- @BarbChamberlain on Twitter; Where I share the most content/information, most of it about transportation.
- Mastodon @BarbChamberlain@toot.community: Just started in 2022 and I don’t yet really know how I’m going to be present in that space; I’m checking it out since Twitter is melting down thanks to the pouty rich man-baby who bought it, can’t stand criticism, and believes people should actually sleep at work rather than go home to their lives and families.
- LinkedIn: I don’t accept invitations to connect from people I haven’t actually worked with in some way. You’re welcome to read my resumé!
- Facebook: I don’t accept friend invitations with very rare exceptions. You’re welcome to follow my profile to see the things I post publicly, which is apt to include links to blog posts, recipes, and an occasional article or poem I want to share.
- About.me/BarbChamberlain: I park these same links there so it’s not useful since you found that page. Updating frequency varies between the two, though.
A few pieces about me (since this is, after all, the About Me page)
- Talking with Barb Chamberlain of Washington State Department of Transportation on the Vision Zero Network blog, 2020
- Cascade’s Chief Strategic Officer Barb Chamberlain accepts director role at WSDOT’s new Division of Active Transportation on the Cascade Bicycle Club, 2017
- Spokesman-Review–Face Time: Chamberlain Is Big Wheel Among Spokane Cyclists from 2011, back when I was known for founding Spokane Bikes