In case you haven't seen them yet, or are wondering where the heck they came from, here are a few pics and a bit of background on the "on-street bicycle parking" downtown. The Winnipeg Parking Authority is piloting a total of 10 on-street bike racks this summer. These portable units - essentially a pad with a bike rack bolted on top - are placed in a parking spot on the street.
It sure shows how many bikes (and therefore people) you can accommodate with one parking spot for a car. This also frees up sidewalk space for pedestrians, buskers, sidewalk cafes and street furniture (benches, planters, etc).
Keep an eye out for the racks elsewhere around downtown this summer!
cheers, Beth 925-3772