Cellphone Talkers Get Their Own Sidewalk Lane in D.C.

July 17, 2014 9:33 PM

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Cellphone Talkers Get Their Own Sidewalk Lane in D.C.

A sidewalk in downtown Washington, D.C., looked a little different Thursday, courtesy of a set of freshly stenciled commands separating the path into lanes: “NO CELLPHONES” on the left, “CELLPHONES: WALK IN THIS LANE AT YOUR OWN RISK” on the right.

A solid line split those lanes. The phone lane, additionally, featured north- and south-facing arrows to make it clear who should be walking where, while staring, oblivious and glassy-eyed, at the screens of their mobile devices.

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