New director chosen for Bicycle Alliance of Washington

Barbara Chamberlain

The Bicycle Alliance of Washington is turning to a Spokane bicycle advocate to lead the statewide organization.

The board has chosen Barbara Chamberlain as the new executive director. She replaces the retiring Barbara Culp, who will help in the transition.

Chamberlain is the director of communications and public affairs for the Washington State University-Spokane campus. She has a long resume in public service in eastern Washington and Idaho and has been an avid bicycle commuter for years.

In the bike world, her activities include heading up Bike to Work Spokane since 2008 and chairing the Spokane Bicycle Advisory Board in 2010-2011. She also writes a blog to encourage women to ride — Bike Style Spokane.

The BAW blog writes more about the new executive director: Barb Chamberlain tapped as new ED for Bicycle Alliance.

Chamberlain comes to BAW during a period of declining federal funds for bicycle and pedestrian projects. Along with its legislative efforts, BAW’s task during the coming years will be to ensure that bicycle projects remain on the front burner at the Washington state Department of Transportation.

Barbara says she wants to retain Washington’s spot as the No. 1 bicycle-friendly state, as judged by the League of American Bicyclists.

We look forward to hearing about BAW’s accomplishments in the coming years.

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