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.
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.
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:
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.
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.