University adds dedicated texting lane for students on the move


Don't stray into the wrong lane.
Don't stray into the wrong lane.
Photo: Inside Higher Ed

You know mobile devices have hit a certain critical mass when universities start adding walking lanes designed to stop texters from accidentally colliding with non-texters.

That’s exactly what happened to a staircase at Utah Valley University’s Student Life and Wellness Centre, with one staircase being home to dividing lines splitting students into “walking,” “running” and “texting” lanes.

“When you have 18 to 24-year-olds walking on campus glued to their smartphones, you’re almost bound to run into someone somewhere; it’s the nature of the world we live in,” UVU’s creative director Matt Bambrough told the Daily Mail newspaper.

While Bambrough admits that the concepts was intended as a joke “rather than a real attempt to direct traffic flow,” we actually think it’s a pretty nifty idea — although we’d personally prefer “Apple,” “Android” and “Other” lanes.

This isn’t the first time something similar has been tried. Last year, a place called Foreigner Street in Chongqing, China installed a similar lane marked with a warning reading, “CELLPHONES: WALK IN THIS LANE AT YOUR OWN RISK.”

Source: Daily Mail