Chester has recently become a Cycle Demonstration Town. This involves three years of funding to make Chester more cycle friendly and to encourage people onto their bikes. We tend to cycle in to town and down to the allotment anyway (we got used to cycling everywhere when we lived in Cambridge - by far the easiest way to get around that city). I have to say we have yet to see any evidence of the city becoming more cycling friendly!
I had noticed some silver painted bikes on the inner ring road a week or two back, and thought that they may be the sad sight of ghost bikes. But then they were planted up with pelargoniums and ivy. A planted figure in town on Saturday explained that the bikes were to promote the cycling demonstration town project.