Business owners propose a functional division of sidewalks for easier and faster walking traffic.
Echoing the famed sidewalk tourist lane gag of Improv Everywhere, the New West End Company in London has begun discussions on a possible division of Oxford Street sidewalks into “slow” and “fast” lanes for tourists and city residents, respectively. This proposal is expected to help workers and residents “proceed without opposition on the sidewalk’s edges” while tourists may carry on at their own pace.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Under the plan being hatched by Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas, chairman of New West End Company, maps available at airports, hotels and other traveler spots would tell visitors to cling to buildings. The directive would also be written onto local area maps outside subway stations and at busy intersections.
The proposal—part of the merchant group’s bigger effort to spruce up the West End, London’s main retail district, for the 2012 Olympic Games and beyond—wouldn’t call for traffic cameras or fines for violators. Those in the fast lane couldn’t legally be stopped from eating, smoking, talking on the phone or walking dogs.