Texting lanes: Is this taking it too far?


Utah is apparently introducing texting lanes??? This is now becoming ridiculous. Are we struggling that much to lift our heads? This new “culture of walking and texting” is happening whether we are ready or not.

FOBO is a big issue at universities and colleges around the world as teenagers and young adults are the biggest culprits for phone ownership. So Utah Valley University (UVU) is taking it upon themselves to assist with distracted students crashing and has painted a ‘texting lane’ onto one of the staircases at the university. It divides the staircase into three sections – walkers, runners and texters.utah-uni-texting-lane-1-517x689

Matt Bambrough, creative director at UVU, commented “You have 18-to-24 year olds walking down the hall with smartphones, you’re almost bound to run into someone somewhere; it’s something we’re dealing with in this day and age.”

But lets be real though who hasn’t walked into someone around uni while on your phone or had to dodge someone walking and on their phones. The worst is when you are stuck behind a slow walker who is on their phone making you late to class or wherever you have to go.

Utah is the only place doing this though, so maybe we actually need to take this seriously instead of mocking the ridiculousness of this. As phone addiction and ownership continues to grow rapidly, the distracted phone user is potentially a risk to others and themselves. I know I have walked into walls and doors while texting or scrolling through my insta feed.

So should our Australian universities join this new trend or is it just taking it too far? 

In a city in Belgium they have created several ‘text walking lanes’ around the city  and Chinese city of Chongqing has created China’s first ever ‘mobile phone sidewalks’. One lane is designated for non-mobile users and the other for mobile users. To further improve the structure of the sidewalks, they have split each lane for the different directions.


Belgium’s text-walking lanes


China’s mobile phone sidewalks






According to a report by research firm Pew, pedestrian injuries due to handset distraction has increased by 35 percent within the last five years. The report also outlines that other US states have tried to combat ‘text-walkers’ and texting related pedestrian accidents. Utah and New Jersey have tried fines for wandering texters and reducing speed limits in certain areas for safety.

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17 thoughts on “Texting lanes: Is this taking it too far?

    • brittanyhannah94 says:

      Yeah the Dutch smartphone specialist Mlab, in Belgium, actually created it for a PR stunt! It was suppose to be temporary but people are actually using them. Maybe we can kill two birds with one stone – help the brand and help FOBO haha

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  1. MDIA3005 says:

    I can definitely relate unfortunately. Sometimes ill be on my phone to busy paying attention to my screen i’ll knock into someone or stumble. I don’t think people realize how hazardous it can be paying THAT much attention to your phone. Good read 🙂

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  2. Jackie Maurer says:

    This would avoid a lot of awkward head on collisions, I have had my fair share of accidents where I can’t move out of the way and someone not looking where they are going walks straight into me and its somehow my fault??

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    • brittanyhannah94 says:

      So agree! Not only is this a problem just on pathways but for vehicles as well. So many people are being hit or cars crashing because of pedestrians on their phones. I agree with your comment about it’s somehow our fault if they walk into you. It’s like well you’re not looking at your phone so you should move around me, unbelievable really.

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  3. capableofemployment1 says:

    This is such an amazing idea! I honestly don’t want to know how many times I check my phone a day… it would just be a scary number. I always find myself bumping into a whole heap of people when walking around especially when I am in between catching public transport so as silly as the lanes seem they’re actually a brilliant idea

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    • brittanyhannah94 says:

      hahah i know, how simple to just look up. but surprisingly people really struggle with it. I have been walked into so many times or been stuck behind someone texting, so infuriating when in a rush. Maybe they should give it a go for a bit


  4. tayladavis1 says:

    I don’t know if I love the idea or hate it, it’s definitely clever though! Getting stuck behind people on their phones is such a common occurrence it becomes frustrating, especially when you’re in a hurry on the stairs which makes it hard to overtake them

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  5. crystal4321 says:

    Reblogged this on Drop Your Phone and commented:
    You know your society is too reliant on phones when “Texting Lanes” become a new thing.
    We should applaud the people NOT on their phones realising that for most people, texting whilst walking isn’t the best combination! So they needed to create a walking lane just for Texters!


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