Southwest in Motion

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Logo reads "Southwest in Motion" with abstract figures of people walking, scootering and biking
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is currently working to implement Southwest in Motion plan recommendations to improve walking and biking in Southwest Portland.
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Southwest In Motion is prioritization, refinement, and implementation strategy for active transportation investments in Southwest Portland. The Southwest in Motion plan was adopted by Portland City Council in December 2019. 

What's happening now

A new format for active projects is now included on this web page and will be updated monthly. Upcoming engagement opportunities will also be listed below. In addition to visiting this website, stay connected to Southwest in Motion by signing up for email updates. 

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In 2023, PBOT staff asked community members about priority projects for the next round of implementation. PBOT staff are using that feedback to implement projects using $500,000 of funding from the Fixing Our Streets 10-cent gas tax.

View the results of the summer 2023 survey:

(Last update: June 2024)

Active projects

Project NameFunding SourceStatusWebsiteID
Southwest in Motion: Crossing Enhancement ProjectsFixing Our StreetsMultiple projects, nearly all completedProject websiteMultiple
Tryon-Stephens Neighborhood Street Improvement Project
Learn about recent project scope changes
Local Transportation Infrastructure Charge (LTIC)Engineering and DesignProject websiteBP-21
SW Bertha Boulevard (Vermont St to Barbur Blvd)Fixing Our StreetsEngineering and DesignProject websiteBP-15
SW Multnomah Boulevard: A Safer Shoulder Walkway from 37th Ave to 40th AveFixing Our Streets, Quick Build Network CompletionEngineering and DesignProject websiteRP-11
Boones Ferry Road walkway from Orchard Hill Road to city limitsFixing Our StreetsEngineering and DesignProject websiteBP-40
SW Ridge Neighborhood Greenway- 35th Ave to Taylors Ferry RdFixing Our StreetsCompleteProject websiteBP-32
SW Fourth Avenue Connection from Terwilliger Blvd/6th AveFixing Our StreetsProject developmentN/ARP-02

(Last update: June 2024)

Upcoming engagement opportunities

Upcoming meetings and events to share information and gather community feedback related to Southwest in Motion will be posted here. No meetings are currently scheduled as of June 1, 2024. 

Final Plan 

Plan Recommendations

  • Identification of priority short term walking and biking projects, such as bike lanes, sidewalks, shoulders, and neighborhood greenways.
  • List of short-term crossing enhancements, including enhanced and new crosswalk designs.
  • Discussion of other potential road safety enhancements, including walkable shoulders and traffic calming.
  • Promotion of key programs to support community-initiated projects, such as block parties, community plazas, and urban trails.
  • Policy recommendations to advance walking and biking in Southwest Portland.

On December 4, 2019, City Council adopted Southwest in Motion (Resolution No. 37464): 

Read the final Southwest in Motion plan

Click here to view the plan appendices:

Cover page of Southwest in Motion Plan, a short-term action plan for walking and biking in Southwest Portland

Community involvement during the Southwest in Motion planning process

PBOT used multiple strategies to reach both established neighborhood voices and under-represented community members during the Southwest in Motion planning process during 2018 and 2019. 

Building upon previous planning efforts and respecting past public involvement work. The foundational policies and projects for Southwest in Motion have been before City Council and included important community engagement efforts worth recognizing.

Assembling a Stakeholder Working Group that met 11 times during the planning process. This group advised the project team and served as a sounding board for reviewing and reflecting on project recommendations.

Gathering feedback using online mapping tools. Using online tools allowed community members to map their active transportation needs, express support for projects, and submit their priorities. It also allowed the project team to expand and verify the list of planned projects with respect for community needs and desires. Used by over 1,000 people, the online mapping tool provided a broad snapshot of community priorities and needs across Southwest Portland

Facilitating community focus groups to connect staff with diverse voices and to better understand community priorities regarding public investment. 

  • SWNI Transportation Committee (January 2018)
  • Kesser Israel (January 2018)
  • Markham Elementary School Somali Family Meeting “Sharing with Shawn” (February 2018)
  • OHSU Campus Outreach (February 2018)
  • SW Trails (February 2018)
  • PCC International Student Focus Group (February 2018)
  • Stephens Creek Crossing (March 2018)
  • Terwilliger Plaza Retirement Community (March 2018)

Consulting with advisory committees and utilizing their professional knowledge. Groups consulted for Southwest in Motion included the Portland Committee on Disability, Bicycle Advisory Committee, Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and the Southwest Neighborhood, Inc. Transportation Committee.

Hosting an in-person and online open house event to share the draft project list and recommendations with the public and receive feedback from community members. 133 people attended the in-person open house and 155 participated in the online open house. 

  • Identification of priority short term walking and biking projects, such as bike lanes, sidewalks, shoulders, and neighborhood greenways.
  • List of short-term crossing enhancements, including enhanced and new crosswalk designs.
  • Discussion of other potential road safety enhancements, including walkable shoulders and traffic calming.
  • Promotion of key programs to support community-initiated projects, such as block parties, community plazas, and urban trails.
  • Policy recommendations to advance walking and biking in Southwest Portland.

Southwest In Motion Progress Report

2023 Southwest in Motion Progress Report
(Published May 2023)

PBOT adopted the Southwest in Motion plan in December 2019. Since 2019, PBOT crews and contractors have completed 9 projects and 21 crossing enhancements identified in Southwest in Motion. Read the 2023 Progress Report to learn more about Southwest in Motion projects, policies, and programs.