People walking and texting has become such a popular issue that a city in Belgian has created text walking lanes.
It’s been seen around the world, masses of everyday folks walking with mobile device in hand texting, messaging, What’s App’íng, not paying attention to their surroundings. So, in an effort to put mobile users on the right track, a city in Belgian has created what they hope to be a solution.
The Belgian city of Antwerp has followed in the footsteps of other cities like Washington, D.C. and Chonqing in China, to dedicate specially painted lanes on a number of their busiest shopping streets.
European mobile firm, Mlab, has picked up the tab for the painted lanes saying, “Everyone text-walks. 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 text-walk when you cross the street without looking up.”
Research firm Pew reported recently that pedestrian injuries due to mobile distractions has risen by 35 percent over the past five years. Their report shows that in an effort to reduce the number of accidents related to distracted walking, US states such as New Jersey and Utah have experimented with handing out fines for texting and walking aimlessly.
Even New York has tried their own remedies to protect the wandering texter by reducing speed limits in busy parts of the city. Some researchers say that at least 10 percent of the 78,000 pedestrian injuries that occurred in the US in 2012 were due to mobile device distractions. In 2013, there were 1,105 emergency room visits in the US related to texting or talking on mobile devices while walking.