March 27th, 2008 | by COREY PEIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Does Portland Have a Dumber Bike Lane?

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Today, Slate bravely charts the "stupidest bike lane in America"—a block-long dead-ender in Los Angeles.
Portland has about 170 miles of bike lanes, some of them stupid. Nominations?

The Slate video is short and funny—unlike the City of Portland's four-and-a-half minute training video for our new bike box, also available for viewing over at BikePortland.org.
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Not only is the city's video way too long, it verges on the creepy—especially when the bike box pitchman, the inexplicable "Mr. Smooth," croons, "So smooth!" against a kitschy, '50s-sitcom-style soundtrack.
Portland could take some tips from Transport for London's brilliant bike-awareness video:
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[Thanks, Bike Portland and Boing Boing]
 
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