American cities and counties have already for decades declared their commitment to making walking and bicycling safe and viable transportation options for their residents.
Why are these goals still not being achieved?
For example, from the 1985 San Mateo County General Plan (adopted 29 years ago):
"Bicycle and pedestrian travel are important but often overlooked means of transportation in San Mateo County. Inexpensive, non-polluting, and healthful, bicycling and walking are particularly suitable in this County because of its mild climate and the location of many residential, commercial, and industrial areas on relatively level terrain in proximity to each other."
"Although the bicycle has been present in the United States for over 100 years, it has not been recognized as a viable means of transportation until recently."
"Pedestrian travel has been hindered in various areas by the construction of barriers, such as freeways and railroad rights-of-way, and by the expansion of automobile facilities, including streets, driveways, and parking lots, at the expense of pedestrian areas."http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/planning/genplan/pdf/gp/GP%20Ch%2012_Transportation.pdf