Well, are we really all that surprised. Portland just elected their DOT commish as their new mayor. As I have been reporting lately, cities seem to be happy with a mayor who rides and understands the built environment from a non-auto perspective . Here is an overview of him from Bikeportland.org.
He has traveled to the best bicycling cities in the world (like Amsterdam) and has used them as inspiration to create more balance in our transportation system.Here is his campaign video over at Streets blog and his website.
Part of creating that balance has been a commitment to seeing bicycles not just as a mode choice we should try to accommodate when it’s cheap and easy — or politically palatable. But rather, seeing bicycles as an integral part of the city, seamlessly woven into the fabric of our daily lives.