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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Northwest in Motion

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Northwest in Motion will help make Portland’s Northwest District safer and more convenient for walking, biking, and taking public transit. It will develop a list of specific projects that we can build in and around the neighborhood over the next five years.

Major outcomes include:

  • A prioritized list of walking, bicycling, and transit projects to guide investment of parking meter/ permit revenue and other funding
  • A feasible strategy for upgrading existing neighborhood greenways in NW to meet established neighborhood greenway guidelines
  • Changes to street classifications and designs to clarify modal priorities and support the overall goals of the project


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Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

If you weren’t able to take the survey, or still want to provide feedback, we’ve got several activities coming up this fall:

Steptember logoWe’ll be participating in Steptember with a couple of group walks around the Northwest District. Put on your urban planning hats and come out for a chat and stroll to discuss possible improvements to include in the Northwest in Motion project.

  • Walk #1: Monday, Sept. 10th, 6pm @ Wallace Park (meet at southeast corner)
  • Walk #2: Monday, Sept. 17th, 6pm @ Couch Park (meet near 20th & Glisan)

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Slabtown Festival – Saturday, September 8

Enjoy food, music, walking tours, and more at the 12th Annual Slabtown Festival. While you’re there, stop by the PBOT table and chat with us about your ideas for improving walking and biking in the Northwest.

CAGCommunity Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting #3

Date: Monday, October 15

Time:  5:30 – 7:30pm
Place: Congregation Beth Israel, Goodman Hall, 1972 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209

Our third CAG meeting will take place in October and members of the public are always welcome to attend. You can learn more about CAG membership and past meeting discussions on the website.


Northwest Portland Open House

This November, we’ll host a public open house in the neighborhood to share some project ideas we are considering. We’ll need your help with prioritizing.  Stay tuned for more details!

Online Open House #1 a Big Success!

We’ve officially closed our first online open house; a huge thank you to everyone who participated! Your firsthand experience walking, biking, and taking transit in the neighborhood has really helped us understand some of the barriers to active transportation in Northwest Portland. We are currently analyzing all the feedback and will have a summary available soon!

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Page updated: 08/31/18


Click here to review timeline.

Area Overview

The project area includes the inner Northwest neighborhoods bounded by Hwy 30, I-405, Burnside, and the West Hills. Located on the west side of the Willamette River it is within a mile of downtown Portland. The area is home to some of the oldest and most densely populated portions of the city with a diverse mix of single family homes and apartments, commercial, residential, and industrial uses, as well as numerous regionally important religious and community organizations. The heart of the neighborhood is the Alphabet District, a local and national historic area centered around  NW 23rd Avenue, a major shopping and dining destination for the region.

Maps of the study area

  Questions? Contact: or Francesca at 503.823.5282

Learn more about these area-related projects currently under or soon to be in construction:

Learn more and provide feedback on these projects currently in design:

NWIM Timeline

Version 05.09.18