Text at your own risk

We all know that texting while driving is an absolute no-no. I propose that texting while walking should be banned as well.

If you live in a place where you have huge expanses of walkspace or European piazzas, then have at it.

But this is Manhattan people. There’s hardly enough room for the population as it exists now to find room on the sidewalks and move at a decent clip. If you’re behind texters (as I always seem to be) they are usually walking at a snail’s pace, and weebling left to right.

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I personally witnessed the hazards of texting while walking last week. One guy on West 21 had his foot run over by a cab. Luckily he didn’t seem to be badly hurt. A young woman was nailed by the big, heavy door of a retail store by an exiting shopper. I’m not sure that she even noticed – never missed a beat on the keypad.

I say, get out of the way! Move to the left or right of the sidewalk. Stand against the buildings with the smokers to send your messages. And pick up your head – the crosstown blocks come up really fast, as do the cars.

How do you feel about texting while walking?

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One Response to “Text at your own risk”

  1. lg Says:

    Like the texting do’s & dont’s. . . . I wouldn’t mind walking while texting if people did, indeed, move off to the side to handle the actual texting. Most days, walking in the big city is like doing a constant football fake — bob right, weave left — to avoid the individual who is weebling while texting in front of you. It’s bad enough when you are behind a texter — you have to constantly change walking speed and direction; when one is coming at you from the opposite direction, it takes reflex and skill to navigate the sidewalk. I worry when the texters with their heads down get to street corners — I’ve seen them cross against lights w/out even looking up while some of us are yelling for them to watch out. Civility — we need more of it.

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