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Chinese ‘Texting lane’ to keep smartphone addicts safe?
Walking and texting at the same time can prove to be a very tricky business and the source of some awkward stroller-to-stroller accidents. But fear no more, smartphone addicts, there’s now a dedicated lane for typing on the move.
The city of Chongqing in China has created a 100ft-stretch of pavement aimed to assist pedestrians that want to interact with their phones whilst on the move. The dedicated lane is painted like any other official car, bike or bus lane you’ve known up to now and is signposted accordingly. The lane features white arrows pointing to the two directions pedestrians can move towards and also the image of a mobile signed with the words “Cell phones, walk in this lane at your own risk,” below.
Completely unneccesary? Probably, yet according to a report by University at Buffalo, injuries and accidents caused by text-walking are more common than you think – those guilty are reportedly 61% more likely to veer off course.
“When texting, you’re not as in control with the complex actions of walking,” says Jehle an attending physician at Erie County Medical Center. “While talking on the phone is a distraction, texting is much more dangerous because you can’t see the path in front of you.”
In 2012 ‘text-only’ footpaths were the subject of an April fool’s joke in Philadelphia, but two years later they’ve become a reality. The question is though, will the offending text addicts be able to take their eyes off their screens long enough to notice them?