Scenic road designation in Taiwan

S. H. Lee*, C. C. Chiang, J. S. Hou

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Since 1979, the scenic road movement in Taiwan has promoted the conservation of and connections between landscapes of particular natural, ecological, and cultural value. Scenic road segments have been designated in national and regional comprehensive plans. Alteration or improvement of these segments including their adjacent landscapes must maintain their visual quality. However, due to the lack of established practices to plan and manage designated scenic road segments, the visual quality of many of these road corridors have been negatively impacted. These impacts have been resulted from recent changes in both roads and adjacent land uses regarding urban sprawl and increased traffic demand. In this study, a systematic evaluation framework is established for reassessing and rating existing scenic road segments. This framework incorporates both a landscape quality assessment and a recreational quality assessment. Landform, land-cover, land-use, vegetative cover, etc., are used to define landscape assessment units within each road segment. Thus the diversity of landscapes in the same road segment can be considered. The evaluation scores are used to examine whether existing scenic road segments are qualified to be a national level scenic road or potential scenic road. This holistic and systematic scenic road system can be used to better guide future road and adjacent land-use developments. The evaluation framework is reviewed by experts in the fields of scenic roads and public officials involved with scenic road designations and management. The Taiwanese experience provides a model for conserving landscapes along road corridors in other countries with regions facing development pressure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Transport XII
Subtitle of host publicationUrban Transport and the Environment in the 21st Century
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event12th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment in the 21st Century, URBAN TRANSPORT 2006, UT06 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 2006 Jul 122006 Jul 14

Publication series

NameWIT Transactions on the Built Environment
ISSN (Print)1743-3509


Conference12th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment in the 21st Century, URBAN TRANSPORT 2006, UT06
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic


  • Land-use development
  • Landscape quality assessment
  • Scenic roads

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Transportation
  • Safety Research
  • Computer Science Applications


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