In the Chongqing province of China, home to about 28 million people, streets now have separate lanes for those using and not using mobile devices. A short strip of sidewalk is divided in two, with one section designated a “no cell phone” lane.
While the initiative was intended to be satirical more than anything else, it’s an interesting idea for how we might need or want to designate spaces on the sidewalks of the future.
But the true irony may be in the fact that the street has become somewhat of a tourist attraction. Many pedestrians have been stopping to take pictures of the signs and the makings on the sidewalk. As they walk down the street, posting to Instagram and Twitter, it’s pretty clear why having that designated space could come in handy. And while this idea may not be as original as it claims, we still think it’s a good effort all around.
What do you think of this new urban planning strategy? Would you like to see it in your own city, or do you think it would just be ignored? Tell us your opinions below!