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Neighborhood Speed Management Program

Neighborhood Speed Management Program

What is the Neighborhood Speed Management Program?

The Neighborhood Speed Management Program (NSMP) program is part of the City of Boulder’s prioritization of safe transportation. The city strives to keep its streets, sidewalks and paths safe for all modes of transportation. NSMP implements engineering, education and enforcement to slow speeding traffic on residential streets. This program supports Vision Zero, the city’s goal to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries. 

The NSMP accepts applications from community members year-round. More information on planned and implemented projects, as well as how to apply and application status is below. 

2020 NSMP Projects

Staff is installing the simple projects listed below. The projects will be installed by the end of Fall 2020. Please click on the links below to review project plans.

Comment here on any of the projects above.

Staff is completing final design on the 26th Street and 55th Street NSMP Projects. Stay tuned for updates!

View the Inside Boulder News segment on NSMP completed projects



Latest information:

In September 2019 staff installed speed humps on  37th Street,  55th StreetSouth 41st StreetSouth 46th StreetGrinnell Avenue and Kalmia Avenue.  Additionally, a radar speed display sign was installed on Hawthorn Avenue. These projects were prioritized by the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) in 2018 and 2019 as NSMP Simple Projects. 

Following a February 2019 recommendation from TAB to proceed with the top two projects on the  NSMP Complex Project list pdf , staff began planning the 26th Street (between Kalmia Avenue and Jay Road) and 55th Street (between Baseline Road and Sioux Drive) projects in May 2019. 

26th Street Recommended Design

Review Information from the Three Neighborhood Meetings

The first two of three neighborhood meetings for both projects included information on the NSMP, planning process and timeline, pdf and the existing conditions. 

Northern Boundary Extended for the 26th Street Project 

After receiving feedback from the first neighborhood meeting and an application from residents on 26th Street between Norwood Avenue and Jay Road, the 26th Street NSMP Project boundaries were extended to address speeding on 26th Street between Jay Road and Kalmia Avenue.  



City staff accepts NSMP applications year-round and evaluates them on an annual basis.  The next deadline for application evaluation will be in late spring 2020.  Please use the links on the upper right-hand corner of the page to access the online application and neighborhood petition.

Here are a few key pointers:

  • Only residential and collector streets are eligible for participation in the program.  Eligible streets are in black and blue on theCity of Boulder Street Classifications pdf map.

  • All applications requesting engineering treatments (such as speed humps and traffic circles) must include a neighborhood petition pdf with signatures from 20 neighbors or 30 percent of households on the same block, whichever is less.

  • Staff will review and rank applications requesting engineering treatments based on the criteria laid out in the NSMP final guidelines pdf. All applicants will be notified of the ranking. Staff will then present a list of prioritized projects to the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) for review.

  • Projects with engineering treatments will be categorized as "simple" or "complex."

    • Simple projects are those that are expected to have a localized impact on reducing speeds, address speeding issues on a short segment of a non-critical emergency response route and have little effect on traffic diversion. They are also anticipated to cost less than or around $15,000. Simple projects will be implemented by staff after a recommendation by the Transportation Advisory Board.

    • Complex projects may include impacts to neighboring streets or other travel modes, be located on a designated critical emergency response route and cost more than $15,000. Complex projects must receive a recommendation to proceed from the Transportation Advisory Board and must also be approved by City Council.

  • All applicants are eligible to receive educational materials and enforcement in their neighborhood.

You can  read the final guidelines pdf and review public feedback pdf about the guidelines from the June TAB meeting. You can also view higher resolution versions of the Critical Emergency Response Routes pdf (Attachment A) and City of Boulder Street Classifications pdf map (Attachment B).

You can also sign up for NSMP Email Alerts.

If you’ve applied for the NSMP and would like to know the status of your application, look below for the date you submitted your application to find out its status.

  • If you submitted an application by  Nov. 24, 2017 ,   and staff categorized your project as a simple project, your application has been reviewed and the evaluation completed. Staff has installed most of the approved projects pdf and will complete all projects by the end of 2019.   

  • If you submitted an application by  Nov. 24, 2017, and staff categorized your project as a complex project, your application is currently on the   NSMP Complex Project list pdf . Staff began planning the top two projects on the list in May 2019.

  • If you submitted an application  between  April 27, 2018, and May 31, 2019,  staff is currently evaluating your application. Applications that qualify for engineering will be prioritized by TAB at the November and December 2019 meetings.

  • Applications submitted  after May 31, 2019,  will be evaluated beginning in May 2020.

Staff email regular updates to all applicants with updates on the program and what to expect in the coming months. Sign up to receive email updates.