The following are some photographs from Queen’s Quay West here in Toronto, where they partially closed the street to car traffic from Spadina to York, and put up a bicycle art installation.
What they did, and apparently this is only true from August 11-20, was entirely close down the eastbound lane of traffic, and transform it into a bike path, bordered on one side by a long bed of geraniums, and on the other by a long strip of grass.
The tower of bikes is basically a ton of bikes dangling on a steel cage. If you're close enough to look, they seem to be totally functional bikes. I hope they end up with a group like Toronto Bike Share when they're taken down.
Queen's Quay, for non-Torontonian readers, runs along Toronto's harbourfront, which is one of the city's busiest tourist areas. It's surprising how easy it is to live in this city and forget that there's a massive and gorgeous lake here.
And if you have a couple moments, this is a hoot - Specialized has put together a fun bike movie. Take a look at Outlaw in Lycra. It's an O.J. Simpson style freeway escape video, but with the suspect on a bike. If that link doesn't work, just go to Specialized and look for the movies. The other one, the cartoon, is fairly stupid, but Outlaw is definitely worth a look