China creates sidewalk for people who walk and text
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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  • JB2001Doge
    9/23/2014 - 08:41 a.m.

    Honestly, that's a really ridiculous idea. Like, they need learn to put down their phone and see where they are walking. How does this even prevent from any accidents anyways...

  • tyresel-Orv
    9/23/2014 - 12:55 p.m.

    This a very good idea because it could save lies or reduce the percents of deathes that happen in car accidents. They take more percaution when they are looking down at there phones and see the side walk that reminds them that they need to be careful.

  • romanj-Orv
    9/23/2014 - 01:01 p.m.

    This is very great. I would say the U.S.A should have this.... but as you know they said they tried it for a social experiment and people took it as a joke and took pictures. i would expect this reaction the same everywhere. I bet if everyone followed through alot of people's lives would be saved.

  • Savannahlo-Fre
    9/23/2014 - 01:12 p.m.

    I believe that this is a great idea, but i noticed that the lane for cell phone is closer to the street. Did they do this so people would not go on their cell phones because it is to close to the street?

  • 5JoeyA
    9/23/2014 - 06:37 p.m.

    This debate of whether sidewalk should have the separate phone lane has a few pros and cons. In the article, it says that people thought of it as a joke, which I agree with. I feel like if they added these lanes around the world, not many people would listen to them. It is said that the Meixin Group doesn't want people to run into each other, but it will still happen with this idea because two people on their phones could easily run into each other. Even though it has been thought of as a joke more than as an advancement in street safety, it does seem like a good idea for if it gets too bad without it. With the lanes in sidewalks, it will help people who are in a hurry and are not on their phones get around faster without people on phones walking too slow.

  • CAKhyasia-Cas
    9/23/2014 - 07:38 p.m.

    The Chinese created a separate lane for people who text rather than banning the cellphones because they still want people to have their freedom of using their phones but in a safe manner so all of them that text are in one lane but if they collide its their faults. It would help separate all of the people that walk slow because they are focused on their phones and it creates more space for everyone.

  • CTiffani-Cas
    9/23/2014 - 11:07 p.m.

    The Chinese created a separate lane for people who text for safety reasons. They believe adding their own walking lane will stop unnecessary collisions with elderly people and children.

  • tybreland
    9/23/2014 - 11:08 p.m.

    The Chinese created a separate lane for people who text while walking, because then and their you always bump into someone that's on their phone. also the reason why they didn't ban cellphones is because in society today technology is bigger than it has ever been. My opinion is that it's funny but at the same time it's really cool. I mean it's 2014 who don't want to have a phone In their hand.

  • ws2001wrex
    9/24/2014 - 01:03 p.m.

    Chinese people created a separate line for people to walk and text because, some people can be texting their family about dinner etc. Also, some people could be texting their boss that they could be late for work. They made this to keep people safe while texting.

  • tessab0323
    9/24/2014 - 01:21 p.m.

    I think thats a fantastic idea! when your texting and walking at the same time, you might run ninto someone, now you will not have that problem. I think that its helpful for the poeple wlaking on the side walk so they wount have any confortations.

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