I'm sure the pedi-cab folks would absolutely love this. They would have a reason to expand beyond downtown for at least a day. That section between downtown/WWII and the intersection with Sophie Write would be a great pedi-cab ride.
I also want to add that while trying to park my bike outside the Hilton Riverside the other day I was told, and told rather meanly, that there is no bike parking and "no bikes on hotel property."
Alan has a crazy German variable lock, so don't listen to him. Kathleen, you are correct on the balcony columns issue. However, there are almost infinite street sign poles, and I find that locking up is only a serious issue when there is a major event in the vicinity (and no one likes parking far away, car or bike).
As a compromise, I would really like to see modified street sign poles. A slightly higher quality pole with extensions near the base that allows more bikes to be parked. There all many instances of innovative bike parking designs, including artistic stations such as those designed by David Byrne. I can see an opportunity for collaboration with local artists and for beautification. The sign poles in the quarter could definitely fit in better with their surroundings.
You know, I think that a roller rink might be a better option. Like many establishments in the city (movie theaters, recreational areas, theatres, etc) it could be divided between day and night, weekday and weekend activities for a diverse audience. The operating cost of ice skating rinks is, if my Minnesotan memory serves, quite high. In places where it actually snows and lakes ice over ice skating rinks are kept alive by amateur hockey leagues, high school hockey teams (both pre-season and in-season use), broomball leagues, etc. Very little revenue is from amateur recreational, hey-look-at-me-I-fell-down use. While the transplant community does increase the market, I bet there are fewer than the necessary amount of ex-hockey players here to sustain a standard ice-rink year round. However, I don't know the history on this, and I've heard there used to be one on Tchoup? Could be dual, seasonal use?