Above is one of the proposed bikeracks, although nothing is wrong with our iconic post-and-rings. Other things advertising companies are proposing are bus shelters (didn’t we just get new ones?), newspaper boxes (I personally like what the current colourful varieties add to the streetscape) and “InfoPillars”, which seem to be billboards with a map on the back.
Yeah, we’re asking advertising companies to give us all this stuff and they get the right to slap their ads all over the place.
But… BUT… the deal SUCKS. Cities all over the world do this, but actually GET something out of it… take Paris, who is getting 10,000 community bicycles in exchange for advertising rights!
THAT is how you dole out street furniture contracts. Not by replacing things that don’t need replacing, but by getting something that is beneficial to the city.
With the City not funding the BikeShare program, which is now pretty dead, as well as wanting to be “The Greenest City in North America” and reducing Greenhouse Gases by 20%… isn’t this a “duh…?” moment?
It’s come out that there will be a brief 12-hour public display of the proposed furniture, Wednesday at City Hall from 8:30am-8:30pm.
AND… although the City doesn’t want public input, we can submit it anyways! Torontoist did the legwork and tracked down the email addresses of the people judging the furniture bids.
You never know… they may listen to you.