Welcome to the Isothermal Regional Bicycle Plan website. The Isothermal Planning & Development Commission and NCDOT are working together to create safe and connected routes for bicycling in the Isothermal region. This plan aims to use bicycling as a tool for improving mobility, safety, health, economy, environment, and overall quality of life.

The Isothermal Regional Bicycle Plan document can be accessed by clicking the button below!


The Isothermal Planning & Development Commission was awarded a planning grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to develop a regional comprehensive bicycle transportation plan. The purpose of this plan is to identify opportunities and constraints for bicycling in the Isothermal region, and to establish recommendations for improvement.

The Isothermal Regional Bicycle Plan covers Cleveland, McDowell, Polk and Rutherford Counties in North Carolina.

+ The Planning Process

The development of this plan includes a public process, featuring input from a steering committee, and input from the public through this project website, an interactive on-line map, a public comment form, public open house events, outreach booths, and presentations. The general timeline of the project is outlined below:

  • Spring 2017: Project Kick-Off, Data Collection, and Public Outreach Sessions
  • Summer 2017: Analysis of Bike Routes & Draft Network Development
  • Fall 2017: Development of the Draft Plan Report & Public Outreach Sessions
  • Winter 2017-18: Plan Review & Revisions
  • Spring 2018: Final Plan & Presentations

+ Project Steering Committee

The intent of the Steering Committee is to give professional and community input throughout the planning process. The Committee is made up of representatives from the following agencies, organizations, and communities, among others:

  • Active Routes to School
  • Alta Planning + Design
  • Boiling Springs
  • Carolina Thread Trail
  • Cleveland County
  • Columbus
  • Forest City
  • Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Isothermal Planning & Development Commission
  • Isothermal Rural Planning Organization
  • Kings Mountain
  • Lake Lure
  • Marion
  • McDowell Trail Association
  • NCDOT Divisions 12, 13 & 14
  • NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation
  • Polk County
  • Polk County - Fit, Fresh and Friendly
  • Polk County Trails Group
  • Rutherford County
  • Rutherfordton
  • Rutherford Outdoor Coalition
  • Kings Mountain
  • Saluda
  • Shelby
  • Spindale
  • Tryon


Take the Public Survey

Where do you bike? Where would you like to bike? What would make the experience better? Fill out this comment form and let us know!

Share ideas through the online input map

Share your thoughts by adding points and lines directly to this map. What are your favorite routes for bicycling? Where would you like to see improvements? Where are the locations of key barriers to your trip? What regional destinations are most important to reach by bicycling? We will use this information to inform development of the plan.

Past public input opportunities from January 2018

Drop in anytime during an upcoming open house to learn about the draft plan and provide your thoughts and feedback. Project staff will be on hand to answer questions, and we'll have draft maps for you to mark up with your comments. The January 2018 outreach events are listed below, and all are open to the public:

Contact project planners

Please use the form below to contact us directly. We'd like to hear any suggestions you have for improving bicycling conditions, and would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about this plan.

Contact Us

Please use the form below for general questions/comments.

Isothermal Planning & Development Commission

Representing Cleveland, McDowell, Polk and Rutherford Counties in North Carolina
111 W. Court Street
Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Planning Resources

Check back here throughout the planning process for updates, including meeting notes, draft maps, and other resources.