The city of Chongqing in Southwest China has created a mobile phone lane for pedestrians who want to walk and text at the same time.
What may seem initially like a ludicrous idea, the city’s solution to the problem of people not being vigilant while texting could actually be quite pragmatic, if a little depressing.
Accidents caused by the ‘zombie phenomenon’ of people not paying attention while on their mobile phones, have been widely reported on around the world. Chongqing, a highly congested city with a population of nearly eight million people, is obviously taking precautions.
The first mobile phone lane is a 100-foot long strip of footpath, with large signs in English and Chinese saying "Cell phones, walk in this lane at your own risk" and "no cell phones." Nearby there are signs that read, "First mobile phone sidewalks in China," with an accompanying illustrative diagram.
Mocking is Catching
So while Chongqing’s mobile phone lane might seem revolutionary, it’s not the first. A few years ago, a similar E-Lane was was created in Philadelphia, according to Mashable. This, however was an April Fool’s joke.
The video below shows a man who is so busy texting he runs into a roving wild bear.
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