Byways 101

Part 3: Public & Community Involvement

Engage Participants In Forming The Byway Story

The byway story refers to the inherently interesting and valuable tale that most roadways can tell about the history, culture and environment of the surrounding landscape and communities; it should be tied to the byway’s intrinsic quality(s).

Telling the story is a creative process that includes many types of residents in the community—from the young to the old, and newcomers to longtime residents.

The story is an aspect of byway planning that people often find highly interesting, fun and compelling, and this encourages participation. Through the story, citizens can express what is unusual and special about their communities.

There are specific cultural nuances in working with tribes to beware of. Meetings may occur with the tribal council membership as well as the local mixed community. Some methods of achieving outreach with Indian tribes are more effective than others. Contact the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) at www.aianta.org, your local DOT tribal liaison or your FHWA division representative for assistance and expertise in this regard.

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