Tired of people glued to their smartphones clogging up the pavement, a Chinese city has given them their own walking lane.
A beauty spot in Chongqing City has had its pavement split into 2 sections in order to separate pedestrians who are walking slowly and distracted with their phones from others.
The phone lane begins with the warning: “Cell phones – walk in this lane at your own risk.”
China is the biggest smartphone market in the world, with around 700 million devices at the end of 2013.
Smartphone ‘zombies’ annoy other pedestrians who are forced to dodge and weave around them, and they also present a safety issue.
The US Department of Transportation says that distraction from cell phones may be a factor in the recent increase in pedestrian deaths.
Are these lanes a good idea? Or do they just encourage the smart phone ‘zombies’ to ignore the real world?
Article written by D Mulhern