While cities like Toronto are struggling to get a few bike lanes, city authorities in Chongqing, China, have introduced a cellphone lane for pedestrians who use their phones while walking.
Local officials in the city of Chongqing were sick and tired of pedestrians distracted by their phones and constantly bumping into someone or something. Since moving as far away from China as possible wasn’t a viable option, the city divided a sidewalk on one of its busiest streets into two lanes – one for cellphone users and the other for the cellphone-less.
There are white lines painted on the pavement, which clearly distinguish the lanes for cellphone users and those wanting to walk at a quicker/normal pace. How pedestrians so distracted by their phones that they are constantly bumping into things will be able to stay within the white lines or even notice the existence of the lane in the first place is still undetermined.
The 100-foot stretch of sidewalk, located in a popular tourist spot in the southwest Chinese city, is also accompanied by warning signs to remind pedestrians that “it is best not to play with your phone while walking”.
“There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here,” said Nong Cheng, a marketing official with Meixin Group, which manages the area in the city’s entertainment zone.
It seems that plan may have backfired though. The cellphone friendly sidewalk has now become something of a tourist attraction in Chongqing, with tourists stopping to take hundreds of photos of the new idea – on their cellphones of course.