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Life in the text lane: China’s new smartphone sidewalk

Tech and Innovation

Posted on September 15, 2014

2 min read

Your phone beeps. You look the screen and there’s a glorious lolcat from your BFF.

As you laugh at your phone, you march on, carefree and full of hope. While your journey forward is short as you gaze upon this amazing cat, not for a second do you consider it may be fraught with danger.

But when you text and walk, there is always danger.

If only there was a solution…

In April 2012, the city of Philadelphia took this in hand as they played an elaborate April Fools’ joke on their citizens – they set up ‘texting only’ lanes on the footpath.

And while it was just a prank, it apparently had some serious clout behind it because two years on the city of Chongqing in Southwest China have introduced a dedicated smartphone sidewalk– and this time, it’s for real.

Currently it’s only a span of 30 meters, but it’s an exciting development for nomophobians everywhere.

So what do you think? Is this the state of footpaths to come? Where would you like to see a ’texting only’ lane?

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