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What is urban mobility?

It's about people and our ability to move.

  • Urban mobility prioritizes the people and community.
  • Urban mobility creates opportunities for people to move freely between home, jobs and leisure.
  • Urban mobility works to understand and address the unique needs of a community -- whether people drive, walk, bike, roll or take transit – and helps them thrive.
  • Urban mobility, when it works well, makes our everyday travel affordable, easy and effortless.

Our vision

We envision an Oregon with access to all modes of transportation for all people.

For communities to thrive, Oregonians need to have easy, convenient and affordable transportation. Transportation should reflect the communities' stated needs and wants…not what we think they want.

To fulfill that vision, urban mobility requires:

  • Equity – All Oregonians, regardless of social status, social history or economic standing, will share the benefits of urban mobility projects.
  • Livability – First, do no harm. Our projects will honor, preserve and protect Oregon communities, blending in with the culture and meeting needs of its neighbors.
  • Opportunity – Projects must mix well with a community's economic picture. They will support local employment, markets and recreation with opportunities for local small businesses. 
  • Protection – Urban mobility projects will protect community health. Together, we will address air and noise pollution, preserve safety and take action to diminish the impacts of climate change.

Our commitment

The Urban Mobility Office strives to:

  • Address past harms caused by highway construction. Moving into the future, we seek to do no harm and avoid past mistakes. We now look at every project through a restorative justice and equity lens, asking for community input and incorporating feedback every step of the way.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to meet state and local climate goals.
  • Provide more reliable trips by reducing congestion across the region. We use many congestion management tools, including support of transit, active transportation (such as cycling and walking) and other travel modes.
  • Increase safety by adding or improving existing infrastructure.
  • Support and improve the state-wide economy by improving the transportation system in the economic hub of Portland.  

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