Final Case Study for the National Scenic Byways Study: Scenic Highways and Byways Programs Outside the United States
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Final Case Study for the National Scenic Byways Study: Scenic Highways and Byways Programs Outside the United States

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    Our survey of selected tourism-oriented, developed countries reveals a wide variety of regulations for the designation, signage and promotion of scenic highways and byways with most of the action occurring at the local and regional level. Uniform practices do not exist. The International Road Federation states that because of the highway decentralized process of scenic road designations, the types of names given these roads are extremely varied and that "it would be very difficult to put them in fixed categories." We have found, however, that design and placement decisions for scenic signs, once they are made at the local or regional level, always requires the approval or concurrence of national highway administrations when signs are to be placed on national roads. The placement and maintenance of the signs themselves is generally the responsibility of the subnational groups responsible for the initiative. The names given scenic roads tend to relate to the character of the landscapes crossed by them and to the cultural and artistic features of the surrounding countryside. The historical associations of the towns they connect, and the archaeological or architectural heritage of the region they traverse also provide a rationale for their designation.
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