At Beach School, biking and walking makes a stronger community

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward
Rep. Jim Oberstar visits Beach Elementary School -6

Beach principal Tom Breuckman.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The first thing you notice upon walking into the main entrance if Beach School in north Portland is a Safe Routes to School map with a listing of locations and times for catching a bike train. The placement of that map isn’t an accident. This is a school that embraces biking and walking.

There are a lot of schools in Portland where biking and walking flourish, but Beach deserves a second look, not only for the way their school community has come together to push for change from the bottom up, but also because just a few years ago, its administrators banned biking altogether.

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