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Smartphone lanes

At Kasetsart University, mobile phone users have their own lane on the footpaths. The areas show which way you should walk so you don’t bump into anyone. Photos by Patipat Janthong.

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Smartphone users seldom pay attention to what is going on around them. Kasetsart University has a new way of keeping them safe.

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Smartphone lanes

Thai people, both young and old, love their mobile phones.

You see them using their smartphones everywhere, even in places where they shouldn’t – like crossing the street, driving their cars or even crossing the railroad tracks.

The problem is that when people are using their phones, it is difficult for them to pay attention to what is happening around them. In a busy city like Bangkok that often means people bump into each other while walking on footpaths.

Kasertsart University has a solution to the problem. The university has two lanes on the footpaths, one for mobile phone users and one for ordinary pedestrians. There are arrows in the mobile phone lanes to show which direction to walk.

From the photos, the new plan seems to be working.

Oh, wait a minute.

(Can anyone tell us what you could say to the young man to explain what he is doing wrong. You can do so on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bangkokpostlearning)

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Vocabulary:

arrow sign : a mark or sign like an arrow (➞), used to show direction or position - ลูกศร

bump : to hit somebody/something by accident - ชน, กระแทก

cross (verb): to go across; to pass or stretch from one side to the other - ข้าม

direction : the way something is moving or coming from - ทิศทาง

footpath : a path that is made for people to walk along - ทางเดิน

mobile : able to move or be moved around - ซึ่งเคลื่อนที่ได้ง่าย

ordinary : not unusual or different in any way - ธรรมดา, ปกติ

pay attention : to watch, listen to, or consider something or someone very carefully - เอาใจใส่, สนใจ

pedestrians : people who are walking, especially in an area where vehicles go - คนเดินถนน, คนเดินเท้า

solution (noun): one way to solve a problem - วิธีแก้ปัญหา

tracks (noun): the two long metal strips that a train travels along - รางรถไฟ

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