China Opens Separate Walking Lane For People Texting

September 15, 2014


In an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of walking and texting, China has opened separate walkways for people who are using their cell phones, and people who aren't. They're meant to be ironic though, and encourage people to think before texting and knocking over somebody's grandma and breaking her hips. That poor old lady. You monster!

The special 50-metre route was mapped out in the Chinese city of Chongqing and at first seemed as if they was intended to make the journey of smartphone users easier.

But Nong Cheng, who works for area managers the Meixin Group, confirmed the lanes were meant to be ironic and remind people it's dangerous to tweet while walking the street.

'There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here,' she said.

Listen, if you want to walk and text safely, here's what you do: don't. Go lean up against a wall or something. Will people think you're a prostitute? Maybe. You know how often I get mistaken for a prostitute? Waaaaaaaaay too often. "Maybe stop wearing that "HANDJOBS: $5" t-shirt." But it's so soft.

Keep going for one more shot.


Thanks to Linc, who never texts because he prefers calling and making people uncomfortable.

  • Joe Edakkunnathu

    its something we all admin doing and still do, been using Sidewalk Buddy for android in those cases I do have to use my phone and walk

  • It's spelled "separate" but Geekologie rarely has errors, so I'm not going to freak out.

  • Halfaxia

    " ...remind people it's dangerous to tweet while walking the street" Except that it's near-impossible to do this without a VPN in China. God forbid people will form their own unapproved by the state opinions.

    This is also the country where people spit everywhere, ride scooters into oncoming traffic, let children piss and shit any where , always shouting all the time and everything is grey, so very fucking grey. Which explains why people would rather look at their Sina or Weibo accounts on their phone.

  • Guest

    "... remind people it's dangerous to tweet while walking the street" Except that's impossible in China. God forbid the country let's people interact with the outside world and form their own unapproved state opinions.

    Chongqing is a nice-ish city though. Bit noisy.

  • Ollie Williams

    They should put a bunch of carts, posts, low-hanging signs, and uneven road on the "texting lane" so the people who text and walk trip over themselves and look like the idiots they are.

  • Mister Cerberus

    Don't forget open manholes.

  • zin

    They should just let the texting lane lead to a fiery hell.

  • MustacheHam

    I agree with ya'...
    ...and I don't feel terrible about it >:}

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