The title of Malcolm Kenton at GGW had me hopeful, "Gray promises transit and bicycle funding at first town hall" but the story itself still leaves me unsure of what to think.
He said we need more bike lanes, but that they should be planned in concert with affected residents. The crowd hardly reacted to Gray's transportation plans, but it erupted in applause when he said that people shouldn't wake up to find parking spaces on their street replaced by a bike lane without prior knowledge. Examples of situations where the construction of a bike lane has removed many parking spaces are scarce, so it seems to be the specter of such a change in the streetscape, rather than an actual occurrence, that drove the crowd's reaction.
Bike lanes usually are planned in concert with affected residents (and really, most of the time, no one is affected except cyclists), in fact I can't think of a time they weren't. If people don't chose to come to the public meetings, what is DDOT to do? As for "waking up to find parking spaces on their street replaced by a bike lane without prior knowledge;" I'm pretty sure that has never happened, but I agree, it would be bad. DDOT has rarely removed parking spaces to add in bike lanes (over-under: 40?), and certainly not without outreach. So I'm not sure what he's saying. Is he just making a promise that no one would break, but that sounds like something substantive; or is this code for "we need more bike lanes, but not many more."
This part gives more reason to hope.
"There's no way to sustain ourselves with increasing auto use," Gray proclaimed, citing worsening traffic congestion and the negative environmental effects associated with car dependence. "One of the ways to get people out of their cars is to have a multimodal transportation system," he explained.