April 1s from Philly from CBC News:
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said the designated lane for distracted walkers takes aim at the dangers of distracted walking, according to the Associated Press.
City officials painted lines on a stretch of street near city hall, designating it an “E-lane,” with a stick figure bent down peering at a digital device, which will exist until the end of the week.
“Stand on any sidewalk in Philadelphia you will see fellow citizens with busy lives who can’t take the time to look up from their IPhones, [BlackBerrys] and other electronic devices,” said Nutter in a news release announcing a one-week pilot project.
“The E-Lane is a safe and convenient option for those distracted walkers and should make sidewalks safer for the rest of us.”