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Chinese City Starts What Will Hopefully Become a New Global Trend

  • 07
  • 05
  • 2016

How many of you get so utterly engrossed when using your phones that the world just seems to disappear? On the opposite end, how many of you have narrow misses with pedestrians who are so focused on their phones that they wander into traffic?

If you have experienced either of these, then you know that this modern phenomenon is a growing problem. Every day, people using these devices walk into other people or even into traffic, often with tragic results.

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To combat this problem, the Chinese city of Chongqing has opened lanes dedicated entirely to those people walking while using their mobile phones. The lane was first opened in a popular tourist spot, with the rather obvious name of Foreigner Street.

The only real problem with this split lane idea is that many people are so engrossed with their phones that they don’t look up to see the signs in the first place, rendering them useless.

Perhaps the next step is flashing signs, sirens and light electric shocks, though this idea remains unpopular.

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Photo Credits: Yavuz Sariyildiz

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