I found the following quote very interesting:
They never put out a big Master Plan. Let's make a lot of pedestrian space. Let's make a lot of bicycle lanes. Let's take a lot of parking out of the city. Let's narrow all the traffic streets. NEVER! Because if you did that in one plan, you would loose the election right now. Because nobody would believe that it would work.
What they have done in this city (Copenhagen) is that they have taken little steps every year for 40 years. And there is a fantastic difference between what it was then and what it is now.
As we all look forward to the changes in the US transportation balance and a increase in other modes of travel (including bikes, pedestrian, and mass transit), we need to temper our desires for instant radical change. Until people start to see the benefits of a more balanced transportation system, and the benefits of complete streets, it will be difficult for them to believe the truth of many of assertions we so often make. However, we also need to keep the pressure on our elected officials and city planners to start making some changes in these areas to see what works and doesn't work in our cities.
UPDATE: We don't want anyone to be confused by the statement above. You can see in the comments that not everyone understood what we were trying to say. We all need to continue working to get the city of Omaha to make changes to the Omaha transportation system that better support bikes and pedestrians. We just don't want anyone to be discouraged by the lack of "instant radical change".