Isothermal Planning & Development Commission will kick-off the Isothermal Bicycle Plan project later this month with its first steering committee meeting. The Plan which covers Cleveland, McDowell, Polk and Rutherford counties, will focus on bicycle transportation facilities but also include connections to other modes, as well as significant points of interest. The overall purpose of the project is to provide a framework for NCDOT and local governments to enhance bicycling as a mode of transportation for residents and visitors alike, improving access, connectivity, and safety. Additional goals include promoting healthy active lifestyles, including providing safer and more active routes to schools, diversifying the regional economy, developing tourism resources, and promoting the region as a destination. The Project will identify key routes, connections, opportunities, and obstacles, as well as prioritizing areas for future implementations.
This website will provide periodic updates over the next 12-18 months on the process and upcoming opportunities for the public to be engaged.