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April Fool's Day Joke Raises Awareness on Distracted Walking
The Mayor's Office played an April Fool's Day joke on the media in order to raise awareness on distracted walking.
The Office first sent a press release to all media describing a pilot program for an "E-Lane," a designated sidewalk space for distracted pedestrians who are walking while using their electronic devices.
“Philadelphia is the city of firsts,” said Mayor Nutter in the press release. “On April 1st, 2012, the world again sees a first in Philadelphia. Stand on any sidewalk in Philadelphia you will see fellow citizens with busy lives who can’t take the time to look up from their iPhones, BlackBerries and other electronic devices. The E-Lane is a safe and convenient option for those distracted walkers and should make sidewalks safer for the rest of us. More Philadelphians than ever before rely on mobile technology to do business and stay in touch with family and friends. We need to accommodate them.”
The stretch of sidewalk, across the street from City Hall on the 1400 block of JFK Boulevard, featured a painted lane and signs. Various media outlets, including NBC10, reported the story after receiving the press release on Saturday. The Mayor’s Office revealed one more detail on Sunday however. The whole thing is an elaborate April Fool’s Day joke.