In an effort to improve the speed and efficiency of foot traffic in China, a new lane for cell phone walkers has been put in place in one city to separate mobile phone walkers from regular pedestrians.
That’s right. The Chinese city of Chongqing is testing a lane on their sidewalks specifically for people who want to text, talk and play games on their cell phones.
The idea behind the sidewalk lanes is interesting. Smartphone users are distracted, so they can run into one another when other people are trying to walk around them. China is home to 700 million smartphone users, so the demand for this could be real.
Nong Cheng, a marketing official in the city, said, “There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here.”
Despite the good intentions behind the lanes though, it seems that people are having a hard time adapting to them. Smartphone users are too busy on their phones to notice the lanes, and other pedestrians are just confused by the idea.
Will smartphone lanes be coming to a city near you? Doubtful, but it will be interesting to see if this idea expands to other parts of the world.