Photos

  • Ohio byways

    Ohio Byway organizations attend a workshop on Corridor Management Planning with NSBF Peer Advisor Sharon Strouse

  • Cortland IL mural unveiling

    Cortland IL mural unveiling

  • Retreat 5

    NSBF Board Members meet in Denver to develop a new Strategic Plan

  • Illinois River Road Board of Directors

    Illinois River Road Board of Directors

  • Retreat 2

    NSBF Board Members Twyla Witt (NE), Stacy Brown (LA) and Bonnie Heimbach (IL) with CO Byway Commissioner Greg Yankee

  • Gold Belt Tour

    National Tribal Transportation Planners meeting attendees travel the Gold Belt Tour (CO)

  • Malta, IL gazebo dedication

    Malta, IL gazebo dedication

  • Zebulon Pike's expedition

    Commemorating the Bicentennial anniversary of Zebulon Pike's expedition Gold Belt Tour (CO)

  • NSBF Board members work on the new Strategic Plan

    NSBF Board members work on the new Strategic Plan

  • Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days

    Foundation representatives tour Top of the Rockies NSB during Colorado during Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days

  • project on the San Juan Skyway

    Celebrating the completion of a large conservation project on the San Juan Skyway (CO)

  • Amy Webb chats

    Amy Webb (National Trust for Historic Preservation) chats with NSBF Board member Janet Kennedy (NY)

  • Foundation's petition to Congress

    Byway leader Heather Carmona signs the Foundation's petition to Congress in support of the National Scenic Byway Program

  • Oberstar receives an honorary NSB

    Congressman James Oberstar receives an honorary NSB Foundation membership

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.

Hot Topics

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.

Highway Users Trust Fund Alert

During the July NSBF Board meeting, Gary Jensen, National Scenic Byway Program Team Leader, informed the Board about the fact that the Highway Trust Fund will run out of funds in August unless Congress acts. Gary indicated that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is restricting state reimbursements in anticipation of the “worst case” situation. The FHWA will be proportioning out the funds by state and it will be up to the states to decide how they will distribute the money.

NOTE: This will impact any byway projects that are ongoing. CONTACT YOUR STATE BYWAY COORDINATOR TO FIND OUT HOW YOUR STATE WILL BE HANDLING THIS SITUATION!!!

Also, it is important that your Congressional representatives know the impact this situation has on your byway and how important your byway is to the economic well-being of your area. See our most recent e-newsletter for economic impact information.

Here are several information links for further information about this issue:

  1. www.dot.gov/highway-trust-fund-ticker
  2. www.dot.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/Guidance-Memo-Cash-Allocation-Final-3.pdf
  3. www.dot.gov/grow-america/htf-cmp-faqs

Transportation Alternatives Fund Letters

The National Scenic Byway Foundation recently sent letters to members of the Senate and House Transportation Committees asking them to take action to clarify that Transportation Alternatives funds may be used for byway projects.  We encourage you to contact your representatives with the same message.  Copies of the letters are found under Research/Action Examples.

Preserving the Historic Road

Register Now!
September 26-28, 2014

The National Scenic Byway Foundation is partnering with Historic Roads for the Ninth Biennial Preserving the Historic Road Conference in Savannah, GA.  The preliminary program, conference hotel information, and registration is available here. The Foundation is pleased to offer a $100 scholarship to our members toward Early Bird Conference registration; more information is available here.

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.