That was very encouraging! It also reminded me about another counter-argument to the crap about how bicyclists don't pay taxes. Yes, I know that's a stupid argument anyway, since most cyclists are motorists, too. But on top of that, the kind of things that Portland is doing is attracting property owners, who pay property taxes, a far more significant source of revenue than gas taxes, and one that goes to a much wider array of services.
I read an article the other day that Oceanside, CA is trying to do some of the same things Portland is. They recognize that making their city bike friendly will attract people to live there, improving their tax base.