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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. 

2021 NSMP Projects

View the complex and simple project lists from the 2020 application cycle pdf

At the May 2021 TAB meeting, the Board recommended that staff implement the top six simple projects from the simple project list in 2021 and begin planning the top complex project in 2022. Project updates will be posted to this page as they become available.

Staff is completing final design on the 26th Street and 55th Street NSMP Projects and will install these projects in 2021. Staff will also begin planning work on the Pine Street Complex Project in 2021. Stay tuned for updates!

Projects

In 2020, staff installed NSMP projects at the following locations:

  • Boulder Meadows (Avocado Road and Persimmon Drive Speed Humps)
  • Evergreen Avenue (Speed Humps)
  • Ithaca Drive (Speed Humps)
  • Pawnee Drive (Speed Humps)
  • South 40th Street (Speed Humps)
  • South 44th Street (Speed Humps)
  • Upland Avenue (Chicane Experiment)

Staff is completing final design on the 26th Street and 55th Street NSMP Projects and will install these projects in 2021. 

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. 

Application

City staff accepts NSMP applications year-round and evaluates them on an annual basis.  The next deadline for application evaluation will be in Summer 2021.  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 gray and blue on the NSMP Webmap.

  • 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 program 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 complex project, your application is currently on the NSMP Complex Project list pdf. Please verify your application petition signatures with this form.

  • If you submitted an application between May 31, 2019 and February 28, 2021 staff is currently evaluating your application. Applications that qualify for engineering will be prioritized by TAB at the May 10, 2021 meeting.

  • Applications submitted after February 28, 2021,  will be evaluated beginning in Summer 2021.

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.