Text walking lanes for phone addicts pedestrians in the Antwerp Belgian city


Even smartphones are broken in collisions between pedestrians. To preventing pedestrian pavement collisions, the authorities in the Belgian city of Antwerp provided some “text walking lanes” onto a number of busiest shopping streets. The markings on the ground are in highly visible white paint. The initiative is the brainchild of a smartphone store based in the city. “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,” a spokesperson of the local mobile firm Mlab told to the media. Antwerp is the first city in Europe with a such experiment.


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