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People in the U.S. tend to identify themselves first by their work, when that's (ideally) only part of who we are.

I'll get to that work business, but first, I'll lay out my many other influences, roles, and passions, all of which inspire and inform my blog posts (when I get around to writing them).
  • parent (step for 2) to 4 great young people (28, 25, 21, and 18); 
  • wife and partner to the great love of my life, @EricRacesBikes (who veeerrry sporadically writes a bike training/racing blog); 
  • bike commuter even in the rain and cold because riding makes me so much happier than not riding, rider of transit when the bike needs a boost, driver as seldom as possible, train + bike traveler whenever the opportunity presents itself, occasional traveler by air with a folding bike, walker;
  • good cook of dessert-ish treats and vegetarian/vegan comfort food, voracious reader (historical novels, literary fiction, science fiction and fantasy, nonfiction on interesting slices of thought and time, and a surprisingly large number of works having to do with the zombie apocalypse), lover of movies, knitter, game player with my family (mahjongg, Pente, Parcheesi, Bananagrams, Settlers of Catan, Tsuro, others);
  • @BarbChamberlain on Twitter
  • writer at Bike Style Lifewhere you'll find my bike writing on everything from policy to the quest for the perfect pants for bicycling, Twitter @BikeStyleLife and Facebook although to be honest I don't remember to post in the blog name very often;
  • founder of the Women Bike Blogs list. finding and highlighting links to blogs by biking women from around the world on Twitter as @WomenBikeBlogs and on the Facebook page
  • since August 2012 a resident of Seattle after many years living in and loving Spokane (good thing my job is statewide);
  • as of March 1, 2017, the first Director of a newly created Active Transportation in the Washington State Dept. of Transportation;
  • which followed serving as a leader in bike advocacy, first as Executive Director of Washington Bikes, then as Chief Strategic Officer of Washington Bikes and Cascade Bicycle Club after leading us into this merger to create the nation's largest bicycle nonprofit; 
  • and before that, a director of communications and public affairs in higher education for many years at WSU Spokane;
  • and before that, the youngest woman ever elected to the Idaho House and Senate (going waaaay back);
  • and even before THAT, I worked at a regional history publishing firm and helped put out two of Washington state's official Centennial publications;
  • someone who fundamentally believes that the world is a better place when we treat each other first and foremost as human beings (instead of as ideologies or forms of transportation or any other label) and apply big doses of kindness, civility, and humor, along with a reminder of what happens when we assume;
  • and when asked to describe my career in six words I captured it with this: Always doing work I believe in.
Herewith, a reverse chronological list of posts on this blog, on my bike-focused blog Bike Style, a few from the WSDOT blog now that I work there, plenty from the Washington Bikes blog, and guest posts elsewhere. Check out the other page tabs on the blog if you want to find things by topic.
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