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China Has A Sidewalk Just For People Who Can't Stay Off Their Phones

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Are you one of those mindless drones who can't stay of your smartphone long enough to glimpse the real world, interact with other humans, or even see where you're walking? Then the Chinese city of Chongqing is where you need to be!


The Associated Press reports the city now has China's first-ever (and probably not last) dedicated sidewalk lane just for people too busy texting, browsing the Internet, or using social media to look up.

The sidewalk lane can safely accommodate all the smartphone-sheep moving in one direction, but property managers in the city's entertainment zone say the lanes were put up ironically as a way to remind people that walking while engrossed in their phones is dangerous.

"There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here," said Nong Cheng, the marketing official with Meixin Group, which manages the area in the city's entertainment zone.

Meixin has marked a 50-meter (165-foot) stretch of pavement with two lanes: one that prohibits cellphone use next to one that allows pedestrians to use them — at their "own risk."


No word on how this will be enforced besides just the normal human tendency to do whatever signs say, except in this case Nong says the signs are being ignored — because people are too damn busy using their phones to notice them.

Listen, people. It's okay to put your phone away when you're outside. Try doing it more. It's good for you.

(Unless you're reading Jalopnik on your mobile phone. In which case, please keep reading Jalopnik, and do us a solid and share this article to Facebook when you're done.)

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I listen to podcasts while I walk instead. This is much better than looking at my phone for multiple reasons.

1) Not getting hit by cars/other people

2) Strangers can't strike up conversations (I hate people)

3) I guess that's it really. So, 2 reasons?