China creates sidewalk for people who walk and text Residents walk on a lane painted with instructions to separate those using their phones as they walk from others in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality (- AP photos)
China creates sidewalk for people who walk and text
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The Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane. It's a path for those who are messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going.

The property manager says it's intended to remind people that it's dangerous to tweet while walking the street.

"There are lots of elderly people and children in our street and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here," said Nong Cheng of Meixin Group, which manages the area in the city's entertainment zone.

Meixin has marked a 165-foot stretch of pavement with two lanes. One that prohibits cellphone use is next to one that allows pedestrians to use them at their "own risk."

Nong said the idea came from a similar stretch of pavement in Washington, which National Geographic Television created as part of a behavior experiment.

She said that pedestrians were not taking the new lanes seriously. Many were snapping pictures of the signs and sidewalk.

"Those using their cellphones of course have not heeded the markings on the pavement," she said. "They don't notice them."

Critical thinking challenge: Why did the Chinese create a separate lane for people who text while walking, rather than banning cellphones for safety reasons?

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COMMENTS (52)
  • ShaniaWentz-Ste
    9/19/2014 - 08:02 a.m.

    This idea of having different lanes for people who use their cell phones is an outranegous idea. Not only does it make China look bad, but it also is really dumb. It's not going to work because if people are looking at their phones, how are they supposed to watch where they're going. I like the idea, but it will never work.

  • ConnerS-Moo
    9/19/2014 - 10:37 a.m.

    To me, this isn't a bad idea actually because it keeps people from colliding into each other while walking and texting. I can see why people wouldn't take it seriously though because, it is also kind o funny.

  • colleenl-Ste
    9/19/2014 - 01:27 p.m.

    I think having these sidewalks are funny, but a waste of time to create them. After a while, these sidewalks will be completely pointless to pedestrians. I mean, yes its for a good cause because teenagers run into elderly people and children, but if they do not notice someone they are about to run into, what makes them think that they are going to notice staying inside the sidewalk lines?

  • BalcomC6
    9/19/2014 - 02:51 p.m.

    I think the Chinese created a separate lane for people who text and walk rather than banning cellphones for safety reasons because there might be an emergency one day and if you need your phone you wouldn't be able to call for help until you got off the street.

  • lisas-Koc
    9/21/2014 - 01:16 p.m.

    This idea is a bit ridiculous. If somebody is on their smart phone busy texting, they won't even read or loo at the surroundings. Let alone would they even see the label for the separate sidewalk lane. Are they going to make a "texting and driving lane" next? We should be aware of our surroundings, not promote smart phone use in situations when we should be aware and alert.

  • thanhn-Koc
    9/21/2014 - 07:45 p.m.

    Wow, people nowadays are so addicted with their smartphones that the government needs to change the streets. I know I'm obsessed, but I would never go walking blindly out on the streets where there's cars and bikers; I could die or get seriously injured.

  • oscara-Koc
    9/22/2014 - 05:45 a.m.

    The Chinese were very intelligent with this idea. Not only are they worried about their citizens being a situation with someone who is carelessly walk and texting. But they are making two different sidewalks to separate the sidewalk traffic jam. The Chinese felt hat of they band cellphones, they feared the people might complain, therefore the two different sidewalks were born.

  • sl2000soccer
    9/22/2014 - 08:41 a.m.

    The Chinese created a separate lane instead of banning cell phones because people need cell phones to keep in touch with family and friends and if they banned cell phones, people would be very angry at the fact that they bought them with their own money. What would the government do with people/people's phones if they were using them? The government would not want to waste precious storage space holding people or their cell phones. If the side walk states clearly that this is a cell phone lane and the other one isn't, less people will be injured. People will not run into others as often as before, and it isn't the responsibility of the government to pay for any damage done to those in the cell phone lane not paying attention to where they are going. I think this is a fabulous idea.

  • colin hansen
    9/22/2014 - 12:44 p.m.

    It is cool that they are doing that I have been hit by someone texting before, and I think that it is important to stay safe and watch were you are going.

  • TF00Music
    9/22/2014 - 12:59 p.m.

    If you ban cellphones for safety reasons, some people wont know how to get in touch with others. They created a separate lane for people that text, and tweet because they wont have a big number of people who don't like the idea of getting rid of cell phones all together.

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