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.
Transportation Alternative Program Letters – Please alert your legislators now!
On May 29, President Obama signed a two-month extension of highway funding into laws; Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015 (which originated in the House as H.R.2353). Representative Shuster (PA), who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, indicated that he would have preferred “to move an extension through the end of the year, but we will need more time to reach a bipartisan agreement on offsets.” Many Congressional leaders hope to reach agreement on multi-year transportation funding. Reaching agreement on a multi-year bill likely will be a greater challenge (than another short-term extension). The National Scenic Byway Foundation recently sent letters to the Senate and House Transportation Committees asking them to take action that Transportation Alternative Program funds may be used for scenic byways projects. We encourage you to contact your members with this same message and copy the members of these key committees – see ADDRESSES. Copies of the Foundation’s letters are found under Resources/Action Examples .
Latest Information From Byways Around The Country
Be sure to check Foundation News for the latest information from byways around the country, included the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway (Bend, OR) celebrating its 25th anniversary as a National Forest Scenic Byway and the ground breaking for their new Welcome Station. Also, the Colorado Scenic Byways Program’s New Years Resolutions for 2015.
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.