First slow lanes for tech-obsessed users launches in UK

Two adjacent 247ft long ‘mobile safe lanes’ have been introduced in Manchester city centre in a bid to accommodate those who are tech-obsessed from bumping into each other.

The designated pathway for pedestrians is located in the Spinningfields district of the area, which is full of offices, bars and restaurants.

The area is used by tens of thousands of people every week and the development comes as new research has revealed that 75 per cent of Brits are guilty of walking and using their phones at the same time.

Managing director of AO-Mobile, Richard Baxendale said society is changing and we have to be ‘realistic’ and respond to the changing climate.

“Our research found Brits being distracted by technology when walking is becoming an issue people want tackled,” he said.

However the lanes are currently being set up on a trial basis and it has not yet been confirmed if the move will be tested in the rest of the country.

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