The National Scenic Byway Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2003. Our vision is that byways will be recognized and valued worldwide for their distinctive experiences, stories and treasured places. Our mission is to provide leadership to empower, strengthen and sustain byways.
Please join the National Scenic Byway Foundation and Tourism Currents for this exciting webinar Feb 9, 4pm EST!
- the best visual social media marketing practices
- ways to use photo-based apps like Instagram
- quick photography tips, and
- how to find and connect with the social photographers who are already taking pictures on your scenic byway or heritage byway.
Reminder: Shop AmazonSmile and Support Byways!
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the busiest shopping days of the year. You can support the National Scenic Byway Foundation by shopping at AmazonSmile. It’s the same Amazon website but Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Foundation. Support the National Scenic Byway Foundation today – shop AmazonSmile on Cyber Monday and anytime of year! Use the following link and start shopping: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-0885499.
FAST – Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, P.L. 114-94
$305 billion, 5 years
On December 4, 2015, the President Obama signed the FAST Act into law, which will provide transportation funding over the longest time frame since TEA-21 was enacted in 1998. Gary Jensen from FHWA notes that (1) the transportation alternatives program will continue as a broad set-aside to metropolitan planning organizations under the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (Sec 1109), and (2) a National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure will be established and the Department will develop a parallel strategic plan (Sec. 1431). There are no changes or new provisions for scenic byways. For a summary of the bill and the bill text, please see http://transportation.house.gov/fast-act/. For additional implementation information and fact sheets, see https://www.transportation.gov/fastact/ and https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/fastact/legislation.cfm.
NSBF Byway Leader Training Workshop
The NSBF held its first Byway Leader Training Workshop in Millersburg Ohio, August 23-26, 2015. The Amish Country Byway hosted the training with the class field session being held along the Ohio & Erie Canalway Byway. There were 10 participants attending the training representing eight states: Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Tennessee and Utah.
Topics addressed included byway intrinsic qualities, visitor experience, interpretation, authentic experiences, strategic planning, partnerships, organization management, the CMP process, evaluation of a CMP, wayfinding, volunteer management, the role of NSBF and NSBF benefits.
“This training was a great experience and allowed for great networking among byway professionals.” - Jan Gammon, Iowa Lincoln Highway
“The NSBF Byway Leader Training was very motivating and gave some great information.” - Joyce Chambers, Indiana Lincoln Highway
Latest Information From Byways Around The Country
Be sure to check Foundation News for the latest information from byways around the country, including the Every Kid in A Park Pass campaign, information about the Cascade Loop’s National Ford Magazine and Florida’s St. Augustine’s 450 celebration of history along AIA Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway.
Plan on Bike and Pedestrian Safety
The Secretary’s Action Plan on Bike and Pedestrian Safety will promote design improvements to ensure safe and efficient routes for pedestrians and bicycles, promote behavioral safety, and provide education to help individuals make safer travel choices. The initiative will also encourage vehicle safety by drawing on current crash avoidance technologies to alert motorists to the presence of bicyclists and pedestrians. Please see attached for a copy of the action plan. Byway communities interested in this effort are encouraged to work with your State department of transportation and/or metropolitan planning organization. For more information, please visit pedbikeinfo.org, saferoutesinfo.org, and fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian. Please note that there is no additional funding associated with this initiative.
Byway Leaders Survey
The Foundation recently conducted a survey of byway leaders from around the country. Thanks to everyone who participated. See the final report here. It’s also in our Resources section under Research.