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Monday, September 22, 2014

Chinese City Launches Special Lane for Cellphone Addicts 09-23


Chinese   City   Launches   Special   Lane   for   Cellphone   Addicts



People walk on a sidewalk in Chongqing featuring one lane for cellphone users and one lane for walkers not using cellphones.
 
Zuma Press

If you’re tired of walking behind someone who’s trudging along as they text, has this Chinese city got the sidewalk for you.
Last week, the city of Chongqing unveiled a lane specially designated for people who want to walk as they use their cellphones. “Cellphones, walk in this lane at your own risk” is printed in the lane in white lettering. The adjoining lane reads “No cellphones.”
On Monday, Weibo users reacted to the news with a mixture of amusement and scorn. “It’s such a lazy design. Shouldn’t the cellphone lane be placed [farther from the road]? It is not practical at all,” wrote one user.
Another dismissed the innovation, writing, “It’s just another imitation of foreign inventions,” the user wrote, referring to a similar experiment launched in Washington, D.C., earlier this year. “Besides, it seems only to be serving as a tourist attraction,” the user wrote of the road, which is located in a Chongqing tourist area called “Foreign Street Park.”
Still another wondered whether the road would make anything safer. “Is the goal here to encourage still more people to use their cellphones while walking?”
– Ma Si