Byways bill passes House

Program Highlights Scenic Roads

An effort to revive America’s Scenic Byways program passed the U.S. House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support. H.R. 831, the Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act of 2019, would direct the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to reopen nominations for the National Scenic Byways Program, which has been closed for six years.

The AMA was part of the coalition that helped create this program in 1991 and is part of a group now hoping to revive it.

Many of the country’s favorite motorcycling roads are National Scenic Byways and benefit from the resources provided to preserve and enhance them. There are 150 designated National Scenic Byways.

The program provides resources that help communities along these byways benefit from the tourism they generate while preserving the characteristics of the roads that made them destinations.

The Senate companion to this bill is S. 349 and has the AMA’s support. Visit the AMA Action Center ( to write your senators.