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Isothermal Regional Comprehensive Transportation Plan Update

Starting on February 24, 2021, NCDOT, along with Isothermal RPO, McDowell, Polk, and Rutherford counties, will be discussing the preliminary DRAFT recommendations of the Comprehensive Transportation Plan at five public involvement workshops, three in Polk County and one each in Rutherford and McDowell counties. These workshops are:

Rutherford County—Woodrow Jones Building, February 24, 2021, 4-6 PM

Polk County—Womack Building, March 1, 3-5 PM

McDowell County—Marion Community Building, March 3, 4-6 PM

Saluda—Saluda Library, March 8, 4-6 PM

Tryon—Town Hall, March 9, 4-6 PM

Each workshop will feature an approximately 15-minute presentation of draft recommendation highlights at 4 PM and 5 PM, except the March 1 meeting, when it will be at 3 PM and 4 PM. After each presentation, there will be time for the public to view maps and have questions answered. The public will be able to virtually participate in the meeting through a call-in number and Zoom link that will be provided on this website on the meeting date. All of the materials for the workshops will be posted online here on the meeting date. Written public comments will be accepted at the workshops or they can be sent to isothermalrpo@regionc.org. The steering committee will review the comments for possible inclusion in the Plan. The Public Comment Period will end on April 12, 2021.

Regional CTP Public Involvement Workshop, McDowell County-March 3, 2021

Covering McDowell, Polk, Rutherford Counties

There will be a public involvement meeting from 4-6 PM. There will be a 15-minute video presentation at 4 PM and 5 PM. Afterward, there will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions and provide written comments.

You may come in-person to the Marion Community Building, 191 North Main Street, Marion, or participate virtually by Zoom. Please use this link: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88461747459?pwd=aElqVW9yY0Y4cTRBTlpLV3JRUkJQQT09

or call in: Call +1 669 900 9128. The meeting id is 884 6174 7459. The password is 8484238.

All of the workshop materials are here.

Regional CTP Public Involvement Workshop, Polk County-March 1, 2021

Covering McDowell, Polk and Rutherford Counties

There will be a public involvement meeting from 3-5 PM. There will be a 15-minute video presentation at 3 PM and 4 PM. Afterward, there will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions and provide written comments.

You may come in-person to the Womack Building, 40 Courthouse Street, Columbus, or participate virtually by Zoom. Please use this link: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85184796611?pwd=NXAzMU85blEzaXd3NE1vdnh1a0R5dz09

or call in: Call +1 669 900 9128. The meeting id is 851 8479 6611. The password is 7195519.

All of the workshop materials are here.

TCC and TAC Meetings on March 3, 2021

The RPO will hold a Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) and a Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting on March 3, 2021 by Zoom.

The Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) meeting will start at 10:30 AM and you can listen to the meeting by calling +1 646 558 8656 and entering the meeting ID: 881 7884 7432 and password: 8526115. See the agenda here.

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting will start at 1:00 PM and you can listen to the meeting by calling +1 646 558 8656 and entering the meeting ID: 833 5191 0560 and password: 8218529. See the agenda here.

If you have comments, please email it to isothermalrpo@regionc.org by 9:00 AM, March 3, 2021.

Regional CTP Public Involvement Workshop, Rutherford County-February 24, 2021

Covering McDowell,, Polk and Rutherford Counties

There will be a public involvement meeting from 4-6 PM. There will be a 15-minute video presentation at 4 PM and 5 PM. Afterward, there will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions and provide written comments.

You may come in-person to the Woodrow Jones Building, 146 N. Main Street, or participate virtually by Zoom. Please use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81270955145?pwd=aTRUN0lyMHY4REM1dlc4UThnckhXQT09 or call in: Call +1 669 900 9128. The meeting id is 812 7095 5145. The password is 8942603.

All of the workshop materials are here.

Shared by IRPO–State Giving Children in Need Record Number of Lifesaving Bike Helmets

RALEIGH – A record number of children across the state, 11,850 in total, will be receiving lifesaving bicycle helmets through the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Bicycle Helmet Initiative, part of ongoing efforts to reduce bicycle injuries and deaths in North Carolina.


NCDOT uses funds from the sale of “Share the Road” specialty license plates to pay for bike helmets that are distributed at bicycle safety events for underprivileged children by government and non-government agencies. A record 163 organizations applied to participate in the program this year.


Helmets save lives. While less than half of all children typically wear a helmet while biking, they can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by nearly 90 percent. Helmets will be delivered by April 30.

In Isothermal RPO, Forest City Police Department and Polk County Recreation were awarded bicycle helmets! Other organizations include:

• AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety
• Albemarle, N.C.
• Ashe/Alleghany Safe Kids
• Atrium Health
• Balantyne Elementary School
• Baton Elementary School
• Beaufort, N.C.
• BikeWalkNC
• Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families
• Boone Police Department
• Boost The Boro – Bladenboro Beast Festival
• Brain Injury Association of NC
• Buckland Elementary School
• Buncombe County Recreation Services
• CB Eller Elementary
• Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks
• Cape Carteret, N.C.
• Cape Hatteras Elementary School
• Cartoogechaye Elementary School
• Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
• Chatham County Sheriff’s Office
• China Grove Elementary
• City of Statesville Police Department
• City of Winston-Salem Department of Transportation
• CLT Bike Camp
• Concord Community Center Inc.
• Cornelius Police Department
• Cullowhee Valley School
• Davidson Police Department
• Downtown Oxford Economic Development Corporation
• Dunn, N.C.
• Durham Bicycle Cooperative
• Durham Parks and Recreation
• Durham Police Department Community Engagement Unit
• East Franklin Elementary School
• Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church
• Edenton, N.C.
• Edneyville Elementary School
• Elizabeth City Police Department
• Emma Elementary School-Buncombe County Schools
• Endhaven Elementary
• Forest City Police Department
• Francine Delany New School for Children
• Fuquay-Varina Police Dept.
• Gaston County Schools
• Girl Scout Troop 3056 High School Troop
• Glendale Acres C/FL Academy PTA (Glendale Acres Elementary School Parent Teacher Association)
• Goldsboro Parks and Recreation
• Greater Glenwood Neighborhood Association
• Greater Higher Grounds
• Greensboro Department of Transportation
• Greensboro Parks and Recreation
• Greensboro Police Department
• Greenville, N.C. Police Department
• Halifax County Safe Kids Coalition
• Halifax County Schools
• Harrisburg, N.C.
• Helping With Helmets
• Hemophilia of North Carolina
• Henderson Family YMCA
• High Point Parks & Recreation Department
• Highland Presbyterian Church, Moore Elementary Food Pantry
• Holly Springs Police Department
• Hudson Police Department, Hudson NC
• IntelliChoice Staffing, LLC (IntelliChoice Home Care)
• Jackson County Parks & Recreation Department
• Kannapolis Parks and Recreation Department
• Kannapolis Police Department
• Kill Devil Hills Police Department
• Kiwanis Club of Asheville
• Knightdale, N.C.
• Lake Forest
• Lansing, N.C.
• Learn to Ride Charlotte
• Lees-McRae College Outdoor Programs
• Love A Sea Turtle
• Madison County Sheriff’s Office
• Martin County NC Government
• Matthews Charter Academy
• Maysville, N.C.
• Mebane on the Move
• Mecklenburg County Park and Rec
• Mecklenburg County Public Health
• MedNorth Health Center
• Mills River Parks and Recreation Department
• Mooresville Police Department
• Morven Volunteer Fire Department
• Mulberry Elementary School
• NC Community Action Association
• Nash County Health Department (NCHD) and Twin Counties Partnership for Healthier Communities(TCPHC)
• National Cycling Center
• Newport Fire Department
• Newton Police Department
• North Canton Elementary School
• North Carolina School for the Deaf
• North Carolina State Highway Patrol
• North Wilkesboro Rotary Club
• Northstone Volunteers
• Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
• Oak Ridge Elementary School
• Ocracoke School
• Onslow Memorial Hospital
• Orchard Trace Condominiums
• Oxford, N.C.
• Perquimans County Schools
• Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
• Polk County Recreation Department
• Positive Life Changes
• Raleigh Department of Transportation
• Randleman Police Department
• Roanoke Rapids Police Department
• Robeson County Health Department
• Rocky Mount, N.C.
• SOAR Outreach
• Safe Communities Coalition of Pitt County, Inc
• Safe Kids Alamance County
• Safe Kids Burke County Health Department
• Safe Kids Catawba County
• Safe Kids Cleveland County
• Safe Kids Durham County
• Safe Kids Johnston County
• Safe Kids Macon County
• Safe Kids Northwest Piedmont
• Safe Kids Pitt County
• Safe Kids Surry County
• Safe Kids Union County
• Safe Kids Wake County
• Scotland County Schools
• Shawboro Elementary School
• Smart Start of Pender County
• South Smithfield Elementary School
• Southern Shores Police Department
• Sparta Police Department
• Stoneybrook Christian Church
• Swain County Health Department
• Swan Quarter Volunteer Fire Department Inc.
• Sylva Police Department
• Trips For Kids Charlotte
• Tar-State Transportation Alliance Inc/Bicycling on Purpose
• Terry Benjey Bicycling Foundation
• The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education
• The Motherboard
• The Pedal Factory
• Town of Murphy Police Department
• Town of Warrenton Police Department
• Town of Waxhaw Parks and Recreation
• Twin Rivers YMCA
• UNC Trauma Program
• UR Restored Ministries Inc
• Vance County Schools
• WAMY Community Action, Inc.
• WH Robinson Elementary School
• Washington County Schools
• Washington County Schools
• Wendell Police Department
• Wilkesboro Police Department
• Wilmington Fire Department
• Wilmington Police Department
• Wilson Youth United Inc. Dba The SPOT
• Winston-Salem Police Department/Downtown Bike Patrol
• Winterville Ruritan Club
• YMCA of Northwest North Carolina
• YMCA of Western North Carolina
Residents dedicated to bicycle safety in North Carolina have supported this initiative since it began in 2007. Since then, thousands of bicycle helmets have been distributed to children.
For more information about the program, visit the NCDOT Bicycle Helmet Initiative webpage.

NCDOT