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There’s nothing like stepping outside to breathe the fresh air as you go for a walk along the street. Sometimes you see people, your neighbours your friends out too and it gives you a nice chance to say hello and catch up. But what isn’t lovely is when you’re walking along and a 20-something or teenager glued to their phone has no clue where they’re walking and you spend about 20 metres sizing them up to make sure you don’t collide – all while they’re oblivious staring at the phone.

To solve this 21st century problem, a technology firm in Antwerp thought they’d have some fun and actually made specific texting and walking lanes on the ground. That way, you simply had to make sure you stayed in the lines and could walk wherever you wanted – phone in hand, head faced down!


However, the townspeople loved it so much that they actually request it be made permanent!

“Everyone ‘textwalks,’” an Mlab (the organisation with marketing geniuses behind the stunt) spokesman told Yahoo News.

“You probably walk through the streets while texting or sending Whatsapp messages to your friends and don’t really pay attention to your surroundings — only to whatever is happening on your screen.

“This causes collisions with poles or other pedestrians.

“You could, unknowingly, even be endangering your own life while you ‘textwalk’ when you cross the street without looking up”.

So we want to know, would you like to see text-walker lanes come into your city or town? Do you think it’s a valuable upgrade to our city streets or simply a very bad sign of the times? Share your thoughts in the comments below… 

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  1. Bike lane Yes. Modern Day Technology lane No.

    2 REPLY
    • No to bikes unless they pay full registration to ride their bikes on our roads why should we pay for bike lanes when they ride anywhere they like in our roads $500 a year registration for every bike

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      • Bikes do not do the damage to the roads or environment that cars and trucks do. They take up less room and keep people fit as well. I do not have a bike but countries that encourage bikes are better and cleaner.

    • Susan push bikes definitely don’t belong on our footpaths but for safety sake for all concerned, I agree they should have designated lanes on our roads. Registration? Not sure about that.

  2. Not a good idea really. More mindfulness is needed and courtesy and good manners too. Stop and do your texting out of the way of others. Simple really otherwise we are just encouraging thoughtlessness and there is enough of that in the world already.

  3. Except that people who walk and talk on their phones don’t take any notice of their surroundings. So they won’t stick to the walking lane anyway.
    My opinion; a useless exercise.

  4. My beef is those people using their phones in supermarkets. I have been hit by trolleys and have seen many others also hit and some even knocked down by idiots not taking notice of what they are doing because they are on their phone.
    Maybe if someone got charged with assult it would make others think.

  5. Let people take responsibility for their own actions, if they walk into something it is their own fault and if they injure someone else then they should be held responsible for any damages.

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