This isn’t a government initiative, but rather one that was cooked up by Mlab, a smartphone laboratory in the city which some believe could be some a publicity stunt. According to a spokesperson for the group, “You probably walk through the streets while texting or sending Whatsapp messages to your friends and don’t really pay attention to your surroundings – only to whatever is happening on your screen.”
They add, “This causes collisions with poles or other pedestrians. You could, unknowingly, even be endangering your own life while you ‘textwalk’ when you cross the street without looking up.” The lane has been setup in some of the city’s busier shopping neighborhoods where foot traffic is heavy, and while it is temporary who’s to say that they won’t catch on?
It is an interesting idea although we have to wonder what’s stopping these folks whose faces are buried in their phones bumping into others in a similar situation?
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