Want 'mobile phone' lanes on your street?

16 September 2014

mobile The Chinese city of Chongqing, there's a smartphone footpath lane, which means that people who walk with purpose won't get stuck behind someone who can't stop messaging their bae, or scrolling through an ex-girlfriend's photos on Facebook in a bid to upset themselves while looking at just how much they've moved on, and the various sexual partners they've moved on with.

Heartbreaking isn't it? Especially when they've not had it off with them at all and you're just a paranoid loser. Just us then?

Anyway,  the city's property manager says it's intended to be a bit of a joke. Only a bit mind you - the purpose of this wheeze is to remind people that it's dangerous to tweet while walking in the street. Furthermore, it can get really irritating for others, especially if they're still a member of 'I Secretly Want To Punch Slow Walking People In The Back Of The Head' group on Facebook.

"There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here," Nong Cheng, the marketing official with Meixin Group - which manages the area in the city's entertainment zone - said.

And so, there's a 50m stretch of footpath with two lanes and one of them prohibits mobile use next to one that allows pedestrians to fanny around on their phones (at their "own risk").

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Nong said the idea came from a similar thing in Washington DC, which was created by National Geographic Television in July as part of a behaviour experiment.

Turns out that this lane is causing more hold-ups than before as everyone is getting their phones out to take photographs of the warning signs and the lane itself.

"Those using their cellphones of course have not heeded the marking," she said. "They don't notice them."

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