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Neighborhood Speed Management Program

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.

2018 NSMP Neighborhood Forums

Staff will hold two neighborhood forums on May 24 and 29 where residents can discuss 12 simple project proposals with staff. Please attend either or both of the forums at the following times and locations:

  • Thursday, May 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the West Senior Center Creekside Theater Room (909 Arapahoe Ave. Boulder, CO 80302 - Additional Parking in the Main Library Lot)
  • Tuesday, May 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Boulder Library Meadows Branch Meeting Room (4800 Baseline Rd. Boulder, CO 80303

If you cannot attend either of the forums, please review the  meeting materials pdf  and provide comments online.

Following the neighborhood forums, staff will present traffic calming concepts and neighborhood feedback to TAB on at a public hearing June 11. Please attend the public hearing to comment on project recommendations. If TAB recommends that staff proceed with the projects, the installation of traffic calming devices for the 12 simple project locations will begin in the summer of 2018.


In fall 2017, the city opened an early, expedited application cycle for simple NSMP engineering projects. Applications for the 2017 cycle, including a registration form and petition, were due at 5 p.m., Nov. 24, 2017. Following this deadline, staff worked to categorize each application as simple or complex; simple projects moved forward with data collection and evaluation, while those that were identified as complex projects or did not meet the deadline were included in the 2018 application cycle. 

On March 12, 2018, staff presented the preliminary ranked simple projects to the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) for feedback. At the April 9 TAB meeting, residents commented on the list of projects at a public hearing prior to TAB recommending staff finalize the list of simple projects. You can  view the final list of 2018 NSMP Simple Projects here pdf.

NSMP applications in the 2018 cycle will follow the timeline outline here pdf.

How to Apply

City staff accepts applications on a rolling basis 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:

  • 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.

  • 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 $10,000. 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 $10,000. 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 xlsx 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 map (Attachment B).

You can also sign up for NSMP Email Alerts.


An Updated NTMP

Participants in the Feb. 21 NTMP meeting

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.


Review Materials from the April 27, 2017, Public Meeting

Review Results from the Second NTMP Questionnaire

A report of responses to the second NTMP Questionnaire is available online.

Review Materials and Feedback Collected at March 20, 2017, Public Meeting

Review Results from the First NTMP Questionnaire

A report of responses to the first NTMP Questionnaire is available online.

Review Materials and Feedback Collected at Feb. 21, 2017, Public Meeting

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 pdf, 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:

Link to image of benefits identified at Feb. 21 NTMP event.





During the event participants were asked to identify and then categorize potential concerns about an updated Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Program:

Link to imageof concerns identified during Feb. 21 NTMP event.





During the event participants were asked to identify and then categorize questions they have about an updated Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Program:

Link to image of questions from Feb. 21 NTMP event.

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