The City Council authorized the Neighborhood Safety Program (NSP) in June 2014. The purpose of the Program is to reenergize Neighborhood Associations by empowering them to work collaboratively to identify, prioritize and address pedestrian and bicycle safety issues in Kirkland neighborhoods.
The Program is funded by the voter approved 2012 Streets Levy ($150,000 per year) and City Council's Walkable Kirkland Initiative ($200,000 per year). Each year there is a total of $350,000 available for projects citywide under $50,000. Projects fall into the following categories:
- Bicycle facility: Bike lanes or trails.
- Crosswalks: New crosswalks, improved crosswalk ramps (ADA), crosswalk islands, and rapid flashing beacons.
- Intersection Improvement: Signage, parking, and pedestrian “bump outs.”
- Traffic Calming: Traffic islands, speed cushions, pedestrian “bump outs,” signage, and radar signs.*
- Walkway/Sidewalk and Trail: gravel trail, steps, curb, traffic delineators, and sidewalk.
- Street Light: on existing utility pole or installing a light new pole.
Improvements are restricted to City property including streets, parks, community facilities, and the Cross Kirkland Corridor.
*Concerns related to traffic calming (including cut-through traffic) and sight distance will be forwarded to the Neighborhood Traffic Control Program (NTCP) prior to being eligible for funding through the Neighborhood Safety Program. These projects require data collection and a public outreach process before traffic calming devices can selected and implemented. Once they have been through this neighborhood process, and a traffic calming changes have been approved, the project will be eligible to compete for funding through the Neighborhood Safety Program.
A primary goal of the Neighborhood Safety Program is to reenergize Kirkland’s Neighborhood Associations. Individuals, community organizations, and businesses are encouraged to work directly with their respective Neighborhood Associations. Click the Kirkland Neighborhood Association Map (PDF-2.8 MB) at to see which neighborhood you reside in. Each of Kirkland’s Neighborhood Associations will individually identify, review, and prioritize the projects within their neighborhoods. Stay involved by attending your Neighborhood Association meetings.
Step 1: Suggest a Project
Enter your project idea in the “Suggest a Project” interactive map at any time during the year. (Click the “I want to…” orange button and then select “Submit a Project Idea” in the drop-down dialog box. The interactive map will step you through pinpointing your project location, selecting a project type and describing your idea.) The City reviews and responds to all suggestions and will let you know if your project meets the NSP parameters. All suggestions meeting the NSP parameters will be shared with the respective Neighborhood Association and posted on the City’s web site.
Step 2: Attend Neighborhood Association meeting
At your Neighborhood Association meeting, you will be able to participate in the following:
- Select the highest priority project(s) from the “Suggest a Project” list. (Note: Each Neighborhood can select a maximum of two projects totaling less than $50K).
- Identify a Project Coordinator for the priority project(s).
- Complete and submit a Project Idea form (PDF-133 kb) for each high priority project. (Note: This is typically done by the Project Coordinator).
City staff will review all Project Idea forms, help refine/design solutions to meet City standards, develop preliminary cost estimates, and provide this information to the Project Coordinator and Neighborhood Association for Step 3.
Step 3: Submit NSP Project Application
(Note: Each Neighborhood Association can submit a maximum of two projects totaling less than $50k).
The Project Coordinator will complete the two-page application. The application will be available at the workshop. Staff will be at the workshop to answer questions and assist in the completion of the final application step.
One of the primary goals of the NSP is to foster collaboration between neighborhoods and community organizations to leverage the limited resources. Contributions are encouraged (but not required). The following items qualify as contributions:
- Donated professional services
- Donated materials or supplies
- Volunteer labor
- Cash donations
The following are some basic requirements for neighborhood and community contributions:
- The amount and type of contribution must be appropriate to the needs of the project.
- Proposed contribution must be expended during the life of the project including maintenance.
- Assistance from City staff or funds from elsewhere in the City cannot be counted as a contribution.
- Time spent preparing the application or fundraising cannot be counted as a contribution.
- All volunteer labor is valued at $22.55 an hour.
- Professional services, if needed for the project, are valued at the “reasonable and customary rate.”
There are two evaluation steps to select projects for the recommendation to the City Council. One involves a Neighborhood Panel made up of elected representatives from all of Kirkland’s Neighborhoods. The other is an interdepartmental staff team of experts who evaluate the safety problem and viability of the solution.
Proposed projects will be evaluated on a technical safety criteria as well as community benefit and feasibility. The evaluation criteria used by staff and the neighborhood panel is listed below.
City Staff Evaluation
The project completes a missing segment of important transportation network, addresses a recognized safety need, is consistent with adopted plans, and meets City standards.
Neighborhood Panel Criteria
The project addresses a recognized safety need especially with a vulnerable population. The project expands and/or strengthens the neighborhood and community beyond the term of the project. The project will result in a lasting positive community impact.
Neighborhood Association Involvement
Does a Neighborhood Association have to review and evaluate all projects proposed within that neighborhood? One of the main goals of the program is to reenergize neighborhoods and create opportunities for collaboration within neighborhoods. Project Coordinators are strongly encouraged to work with the neighborhood association(s) where the project is located. Additional points are given to projects that are ranked and supported by the neighborhood associations(s).
Developing Project Cost Estimates
Who determines the costs of improvements? City staff will help scope the project with the Project Coordinator and determine cost estimates for all projects. The Project Coordinators submit a Project Idea form to allow transportation engineers to review and help the neighborhood develop a feasible project scope that most effectively addresses the safety need. Staff will then develop cost estimates prior to the application. After this process, the Project Coordinator comes to the program workshop where project engineers and staff will be available to refine projects, develop final cost estimates, and create maps and project plans to be submitted with the application. Staff will also be available to answer questions and assist the project coordinator. Cost estimates and actual costs may vary depending on contractor prices and if City staff can do the construction.
Project Compliance with Plans
How does an applicant know if a project is identified in a plan? City staff can help the Project Coordinators determine if a project is identified in the Neighborhood Plan, Capital Improvement Program, Transportation Master Plan, or other relevant plans. Project Coordinators should come to the program workshop to get help researching plans. Or, request assistance by one of the Neighborhood Services Contacts.
What is expected of a Project Coordinator? The Project Coordinator is the project advocate. They are responsible for soliciting support for the project, completing the application and working with staff (and volunteers where applicable) to keep the project on track during implementation. Project Coordinators may be asked to answer questions about the project during the evaluation phase the month of March.