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 (305)
  • Jenna-Janning
    9/19/2014 - 07:53 a.m.

    This is related to science because people use technology daily. Technology can be very time consuming, it is very distracting. Technology is science and with out science we wouldn't have computers, phones, tablets or anything like that.

  • LaurelM-4
    9/19/2014 - 09:26 a.m.

    In the city of Chongqing in China, they have created a separate sidewalk lane for people using their phones. The lane is supposed to prevent collisions between people who are looking down at their smart phones. Although, many people aren't taking these new lanes serious and have either laughed and taken pictures of the new lane or just dismissed it completely. I think that this idea is not worth the effort that was put into it. It was better as an experiment that National Geographic Television conducted. If people aren't going to follow the lane what is the point. Chongqing should use public warnings about the danger of looking at your cellphone while walking instead.

  • meredithh-Weh
    9/19/2014 - 09:50 a.m.

    I think that is a good idea for those people who are on their phones and those who are not . It would be bad if people got hurt by just walking so the people on their phones have to be careful, but if they are not we have to go to extreme causes.

  • elizabethh-Weh
    9/19/2014 - 09:53 a.m.

    I think having those different side walks are good. It is safer for the people with and without phones because they won't run in to each other. That is why i think it is good.

  • reedh-4
    9/19/2014 - 10:07 a.m.

    Chonghong,China is a very busy city full of busy people always on their cellular device. They are always looking down at their phone not knowing where there walking. So China made a sidewalk specifically for the people that are on their phone. The sidewalk is to prevent unnecessary collisions and make it a little safer. In my opinion, I think society has gone a little too crazy with their device. These days, people are always texting, or on social media. Everybody who has a phone uses one, but sometimes,we need to take a step back.

  • GabiD-1
    9/19/2014 - 10:28 a.m.

    there is a 165 foot stretch of pavement on the side walk. one side is for people on cell phones and the other side is for people who are not on their cell phone. Some people think others will not take it seriously and just take pictures of it. Others people who are on their phone wont notice the lines. I think it is sort of weird because people should not be on their phone so much there has to be a spate lane for them.

  • MorganV-Moo
    9/19/2014 - 10:42 a.m.

    I think this is a great idea! It can teach people on their phones to pay attention and watch where they are going so the sidewalks can be safer.

  • 22103
    9/19/2014 - 12:54 p.m.

    China has created a new type of sidewalk that is suposed to kep the people that text and walk and the ones that don't seperate to end unwanted collisions between the two. One good thing about this is that the Chinese gov't is actually putting some thought into sepperating the people who walk really slow due to texting and bump into others. A bad thing abouyt this is that the gov't has to take action to make a change with peoples actions. I also find it interesting that the Chinese may split up two different sets of pedistrians because of texting. In short, China is thinking about splitting the masses into people who text while walking and those who dont.

  • 8CARINOJASON-Flo
    9/19/2014 - 01:44 p.m.

    The reason why they put a separate lane because when people walk the people on their phone they bump each other. Also the reason why they did not Ban phones is because of emergencies and we need one.

  • Peytonk-OBr
    9/19/2014 - 01:48 p.m.

    It might be a good idea because if the people on their cellphones might accedently walk into the people on the regular sidewalk because they aren't paying attention to the sidewalk.But I think that they might want to switch the two because the people with cellphones might walk into the road so I personally think they should move it to another side because it could be dangerous for them.If they made the different sidewalk in the busy streets then that would be a lot better for a whole lot of people in the world because it's a big world out there and you never know what will happen.

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