So, We've Come To This: Chinese City Has Designated 'Zombie Sidewalk' For Slow-Walking Texters

June 18, 2018


Because why on earth should a person need to be aware of their surroundings, the Chinese city of Xi'an in Shaanxi provence has a designated sidewalk for slow-walking texters, aka phubbers (previously: a similar lane in another city). Some more info while I run to lunch and yell, "Look out, shark!" at anyone staring at their phone.

The lane is painted red, green and blue, and is 80cm wide and 100m long. Pictures of smartphones along the route distinguish it from an ordinary pedestrian lane.

Shaanxi Online says that a large shopping mall, which looks onto the street, had been pushing to have the lane for a month.

It says that cars often come onto the pavement, which is a busy channel for pedestrians who might not be paying attention to their surroundings.

Personally, I never text and walk. You know why? "You never walk." I hate it. The only things worse than walking are jogging and running. "Wow. On a scale from one to ten, just how unhealthy are you, GW?" UNINSURABLE.

Thanks to Amelie, who agrees being aware of your surroundings is a dying art.

  • Bling Nye

    Oh yeah, this is a great idea.

  • Ez

    I love that this statement "It says that cars often come onto the pavement" isn't enough of a deterrent for people to pay attention while walking. I've never had to walk on a sidewalk defensively.

    Wait...did they put the new lane on the outer side of the sidewalk, closer to the street? Wow, they solve problems aggressively there.

  • Meh

    Didn't they have this like 5+ years ago?

  • Mark

    Did they make it narrow enough so that the texters will now walk into each other instead of innocent bystanders?

  • GeneralDisorder

    No. It's China. Instead they have trap doors that lead to pits of spikes that randomly open.

  • Fartbutt

    They need one of these for driving lanes labeled 'KYS'

  • Jenness

    With high walls on each side so they can't escape.

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