Like a scene out of a Laural and Hardy movie, imagine that you are walking down the street and texting a message to a friend at the same time. Come to think of it, it actually happens in real life too. Apparently a street in London is to experiment with applying protective padding to lampposts, to protect pedestrians who have a habit of walking into them while focusing on their mobile phones. The padding up will start at London’s East-End in the iconic Brick Lane; a place where the highest incidents of ‘walking and texting’ injuries in the country have been reported.
Local charity, London Living Streets, which campaigns for easier walking facilities has teamed up with directory enquiries provider 118 118 to sponsor the project. A poll will be carried out on Brick Lane to determine the response of locals. If successful, the concept will be rolled out in Birmingham, Manchester, and Liverpool.