Cellphone lanes introduced in China to separate those who can't stop looking at their phones

cellphone lane
via Engadget

Texting while driving is not a good idea, and is illegal in a lot of places. But texting while walking? That's just annoying, with people wandering about slowly instead of keeping up a decent pace. In China, where the sidewalks can get really crowded, they have a solution: special cellphone walking lanes like this one in Chongqing.

According to Yahoo Tech, this was tried in Washington earlier this year as a promotional stunt by National Geographic, but that it didn't work very well; "Many people actually using their phones did not notice the markings at all. Of course they wouldn’t: They were staring, oblivious and glassy-eyed, at the screens of their mobile devices."

But seriously, walking is a major form of public transport that needs more space and more consideration. Perhaps there should be fast lanes and rules of the road.

Cellphone lanes introduced in China to separate those who can't stop looking at their phones
This isn't such a bad idea.

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