(I have no idea why the city laid sod in autumn. Most of it has floated out to sea by now.)
The flooding usually only lasts for two weeks once the freshet has flowed through the river system, thus forcing cyclists onto the street. Luckily when the water recedes, the path is still there. I do not dare venture into the water, as it is usually two to even five feet deep in places. (I find this odd, but the flooding often brings many tourists to the river front. Ya know, it is only 8 metres of water...)
As for the bicycle parking facilities, I thought I would share a picture in the new parking garage on King Street. Walking or driving by, you would never know it's there- but it is. The key thing I like, is that it keeps your bicycle away from the elements, so your bicycle will stay dry and keep from rusting. Not to mention there is security and cameras! If only work was closer, I would park here. I just hope this is year-round parking, as the city takes away many of the facilities before the first snowfall.