It's a hindrance most city dwellers face regularly—pedestrians are so glued to their phones they inevitably end up bumping into others.
But if an experiment in one Chinese city takes off, this annoying safety hazard could become a thing of the past.
The city of Chongqing in southwest China has divided one of its sidewalks into two lanes, one for cellphone users. A warning sign painted in white proclaims: "Cellphones walk in this lane at your own risk."
The road, known as "yangrenjie," or "foreigners' street," is a popular tourist attraction because of its Western architecture and amusement park. It is 50 meters long and 3 meters wide.
According to reports in China Daily, tourists who have come across the sidewalk thus far have mainly taken photos of it, ignoring the regulation.