OREM, Utah (MEDIA GENERAL) – Texting while walking can be a problem. You might bump into the texter, or they might bump into you, all the while slowing down everyone behind you in the hallway, street or mall.
That’s why Utah Valley University is trying some basic instructions to keep everyone moving in the same direction.
The university, which is based in Orem, Utah and has an enrollment of about 34,000 students, is trying out a staircase with lanes.
Lane one is for walkers, lane two is for runners, and lane three is for texters. The staircase is located in the new Student Life and Wellness Center.
Matt Bambrough, director of creative services for UVU, said the concept came from the university’s creative services team to add more functionality to the new center. But, not everyone is following directions.
“This graphic is obviously more aesthetic than functional, and through watching people take these stairs, most people don’t obey the posted lanes,” Bambrough said.