Neighborhood Speed Management Program
What is the NSMP?
The city's Neighborhood Speed Management Program (NSMP) implements engineering, education and enforcement to slow speeding traffic on residential streets. When the city created the NSMP (formerly called the Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Program) in the early 1990s, it included a variety of traffic calming treatments; however funding for these and for program management were eliminated during the economic downturn in the early 2000s. With a renewed NSMP, the City of Boulder is committed to improving the safety and livability of neighborhood streets.
Now Accepting Applications
City staff is now accepting applications from residents who want to participate in the NSMP. 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 and deadlines for this round of applications:
Only residential and collector streets are eligible for participation in the program. Eligible streets are in black and blue on the City of Boulder Street Classifications map.
Applications requesting simple engineering projects for implementation in 2018 were due at 5 p.m., Nov. 24, 2017.
City staff will continue accepting applications through April 27, 2018.
All applications requesting engineering treatments (such as speed humps and traffic circles) must include a neighborhood petition 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 . 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.
All applicants will receive educational materials and enforcement in their neighborhood.
You can read the final guidelines and review public feedback about the guidelines from the June TAB meeting. You can also view higher resolution versions of the Critical Emergency Response Routes (Attachment A) and City of Boulder Street Classifications map (Attachment B).
You can also sign up for NSMP Email Alerts.
An Updated NTMP
In October 2016, the City Council directed city staff and the Transportation Advisory Board to provide options for restoring the engineering treatment to the Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Program (NTMP) for consideration in the 2018 budget.
In response, staff conducted a process for updating the program in February through May 2017 and received feedback from more than 800 community members, plus the Transportation Advisory Board, through in-person public meetings, online questionnaires and social media.
For materials from the NSMP program development process, please see below.
If you missed the April 27 meeting, you can review:
A report of responses to the second NTMP Questionnaire is available online.
If you missed the March 20 meeting, you can review:
A report of responses to the first NTMP Questionnaire is available online.
Thanks to everyone who attended the first NTMP public meeting on Feb. 21. The Transportation Advisory Board will discuss feedback from the event at its March meeting, and another public meeting will be scheduled later that month.
If you missed the Feb. 21 meeting, check out the NTMP presentation , and you can also review the collected feedback below
Select an image below to view detailed comments from event participants.
During the event participants were asked to identify and then categorize potential benefits of an updated Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Program:
During the event participants were asked to identify and then categorize potential concerns about an updated Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Program:
During the event participants were asked to identify and then categorize questions they have about an updated Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Program:
The first of several downloadable guides is available for neighborhoods wishing to learn about, discuss and provide input to the redesign of the NTMP. Please download the Community Information Sheet , and start a conversation about traffic mitigation in your neighborhood!