Empowering neighborhoods to address vehicle speed near their homes through education and outreach.
Need for Speed is meant to complement current traffic calming policy. The program is for two-lane residential streets only, and not designed for major streets.
Informational PDF (Contains same information as web page)
This three-step program is designed to reduce neighborhood traffic speeds by increasing motorist awareness. Reasons why the program may be initiated:
- Vehicles traveling faster than the speed limit in your neighborhood
- A high number of traffic accidents in your neighborhood
- Pedestrian safety
Residents participating in the program must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be a Northglenn resident
- Possess a valid photo identification
- Agree to and comply with program rules
- Have at least four additional volunteers, at different addresses in the neighborhood, willing to assist with implementing the program
- Be willing to work with the Police Department and traffic engineers
- Be willing to contact their neighbors about the program
Three-Step Speed Awareness ProgramStep 1: Education
The first step, education, is designed to raise motorist awareness of their speeds and speeding concerns in your neighborhood. By simply raising awareness, you may quickly notice reduced traffic speeds in your neighborhood.
- Speed Awareness Visual MPH (Required)
Neighborhood speed-awareness trailers/temporary signs will be placed in neighborhoods where there is a speeding concern. The solar-powered trailers/signs, equipped with a radar unit that tracks and displays motorists’ speed, will remain in neighborhoods for several days. Please note that speed trailers/signs cannot be placed on private property.
- Radar Tracking
(Required if permanent traffic calming requested)
City of Northglenn traffic engineers place traffic data collection equipment on a neighborhood street to gather information about volume of vehicles, average rate of speed, how many vehicles are exceeding the speed limit, and how much over the speed limit drivers are going, on average.
If the study shows a speed issue in your neighborhood, temporary traffic calming methods will be put in place immediately.
If the study shows no data to support a speeding issue in the neighborhood, the program applicants will need to decide whether to move forward with the No Need for Speed program. The focus of the program would be speed and safety awareness, not physical changes to the street or police enforcement.
- Neighborhood Meeting
The program applicant(s) and a city staff liaison will set a community meeting about No Need for Speed. The goals of the meeting are:
- Explain the program
- Encourage neighbors to sign the “safe speed pledge,” a commitment to go the speed limit in your neighborhood
- Learn what types of traffic violations are reportable to the police
- Provide yard signs
- Talk about data collection and awareness sign/trailer
- Review the steps to pursue temporary or permanent traffic calming measures
- Describe different traffic calming methods
- Neighborhood Signs
The City of Northglenn will provide yard signs to program participants by request. The signs are a way to spread awareness that your neighborhood participates in the No Need for Speed program, and requests drivers in the area obey speed limits.
Neighborhoods that have over 50% of residents in the area sign the “safe speed pledge” are eligible for permanent signage to be placed at the entrance(s) into their neighborhood.
Step 2: Enforcement
While heightened awareness may be all that is needed for most neighborhoods, some areas may require police to monitor traffic and issue tickets to speeding motorists.
Step 3: Engineering
After implementing the No Need for Speed program, if residents continue to feel their quality of life is impacted by excessive vehicle speeds, they may request that their street be evaluated for engineering solutions based on city traffic calming guidelines.
In general, if there is data collected demonstrating regular excessive speed, temporary traffic calming measures are installed. Then a traffic engineer evaluates the area and makes recommendations on permanent traffic calming measures.
Depending on funding and community support, permanent traffic calming measures may be installed.