Smartphone addicts who never look up have been relegated to a special sidewalk lane in Chongqing, where China’s first mobile phone-only sidewalk was recently installed in a bid to cut down on accidents.
Smartphone-wielding pedestrians are a bane of modern society–these distracted texters have been blamed for everything from inconveniencing others with their slow pace to causing accidents.
To reduce smartphone-caused accidents, Chongqing installed a mobile phone-only sidewalk along a portion of Yangren Street.
Despite the city’s good intentions, the mobile phone-only sidewalk has generated criticism and ridicule with some saying that the design only encourages bad habits and will likely cause more accidents.
What’s more, Chinese locals consistently flout street use rules. A close look at the pictures show users of the two-way mobile phone-only sidewalk walking two abreast; a few other pedestrians have elected to walk on the road rather than the sidewalk.
But Chongqing isn’t the first to create a “no cellphones” express sidewalk. Washington, D.C. unveiled one earlier this summer, but as a stunt by the National Geographic.
By Lucy Wang