The future’s looking faster

Fellow fast walkers rejoice! Finally we may get dedicated space to power walk in peace.

The future’s looking faster

In a move that will make power walkers all over the world rejoice, the UK has just opened the first fast walking lanes.

As a fast walker myself, I was ecstatic to see the news, so much so that I could barely believe my eyes. Thankfully on further inspection, it is indeed true.

Implemented in Liverpool, if you don’t like to mess around when it comes to walking, you can use the dedicated lanes for pedestrians in a hurry. Marked out with red lines and labelled ‘Fast Track’, no longer will you be stuck trying to dodge dawdlers in front of you with no spatial awareness.

The lanes are being trialled in Liverpool on the city’s bustling St John’s Street near the frenetic Liverpool One shopping centre. The move comes following research from high street store Argos found 47 per cent of people in the UK find slow walking the most annoying aspect of high street shopping.  A number that I’m surprised isn’t higher.

The introduction of the innovative lanes comes just in time for Christmas shopping season. Should the ingenious additions to the pavement prove as successful as expected, they’ll most likely stick around for even longer and perhaps (fingers crossed) become permanent.

An idea I’m surprised has taken so long to put into practice, my fellow fast walkers, we can only pray that the lanes will spread like wildfire and grace our own city streets sooner rather than later.

Why not watch this video of Liverpool’s fast walking lanes and tell us your thoughts. Would you like to see fast walking lanes in your city?

 

 

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    COMMENTS

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    Wstaton
    21st Nov 2015
    7:17am
    Heavens, does that mean if slow workers use the fast lane they will get fined.
    MICK
    21st Nov 2015
    10:39am
    Only in the Public Service.
    Wstaton
    21st Nov 2015
    7:22am
    Does this men we will have slow walker cops to enforce it.
    MICK
    21st Nov 2015
    10:39am
    And women.
    Peterrj
    21st Nov 2015
    12:58pm
    mick, some time you can be sooo cruel!!! LOL!!
    ph
    21st Nov 2015
    7:34am
    OK, although here would be my priorities. Escalator educate, stand one side and leave a path for those of us who want to walk up the moving stair cases. Australia is the only country in the world where people stand on the escalator leaving no space for people to walk, climb. Bike lanes. Dedicated, wide, safe bike lanes, like Holland, please and now. Urgent.
    jackie
    21st Nov 2015
    8:35am
    You can't use escalators in Australia to post such nonsense
    MICK
    21st Nov 2015
    10:40am
    Correct ph. In Europe you'd be lynched for not moving over to the left to let people pass on an escalator. In Australia people generally do not give a stuff.
    Anonymous
    21st Nov 2015
    11:24am
    In Switzerland, Austria, and Germany you "VILL walk faster!!"
    Peterrj
    21st Nov 2015
    1:03pm
    And who could ever forget the dreaded 'ding ding' 'ding ding' coming from a push bike travelling from behind you at an unknown warp speed when you accidentally trespass into the push bike lane ON THE FOOT PATH!
    jackie
    21st Nov 2015
    8:26am
    Does that mean the disabled and elderly have to keep away or get fined?
    Young
    21st Nov 2015
    8:47am
    Great.Too many people wandering aimlessly and not caring if they are hindering others.
    Will be glad when keep to the left is enforced too.Plus no mobiles whilst walking or running.
    fish head
    21st Nov 2015
    10:27am
    Ban the mobiles and texters and watch the speed pick up. I followed one young woman this week on her mobile who tacked back and forward across the footpath in front of me for 4 minutes while I endeavoured to find a way past her. The temptation to "accidentally" bootlace her was enormous. In no way was she aware of her surroundings or of other pedestrians in close proximity.

    21st Nov 2015
    10:35am
    It sounds too scary and dangerous to me, so I'll keep to the "Emergency Lane".
    Peterrj
    21st Nov 2015
    1:05pm
    Fast Eddie, you are a worry!
    Suzie
    21st Nov 2015
    10:35am
    What happened to stop and smell the roses ?isnt life passing us by fast enough with out having a damn FAST lane ,I think it's crazy if you what to walk fast go for a jog in the park ,but leave us normal easy going people alone to stroll at our will
    Peterrj
    21st Nov 2015
    1:10pm
    Many years ago, before retirement, I used to be obsessed watching the time to catch the train home. I found that this extra stress was not worth it ... So I gave away wearing a watch and carried a book instead! Look out for me, I'll be in the 'slow lane', I'm the one not wearing a watch!!!!
    Lucky Lady
    21st Nov 2015
    10:28pm
    In Sydney 'Power Walkers Lanes' won't work at all due to:
    1. Insufficient space on footpaths to create 2 x more 'directional power-walking' footways!
    2. Footpath law etiquette is 'stick to the left, unless overtaking' (same as road rules) except our lovely visiting foreigners/tourists 'stick to the right!! as on 'their roads, whilst others are 'everywhere' & don't care, oblivious of any footpath etiquette unwritten rule expectations!
    3. Power Walking should not be exercised on footpaths in Sydney! I learnt this the 'hard way & this/worse could easily happen' to anyone! Whilst 'power walking' to work a guy on a a bus-stop queue changed his foot position, turned & put his foot out, just as I was 'power-walking' by him...I tripped, fell forward, bounced back & sideways off a concrete block ahead, fell backwards sliding sideways, onto the road, under a bus! This all happened within seconds! My torso on road was lower than my legs on footpath so I couldn't move- turned my head & saw it was right in front of bus rear wheel I said goodbye to my family & asked my 'higher power' to look after me...The bus engine started up (thought I was 'a gonna') but 2 x men reefed me out by the legs just as the bus started moving! It was my 45th birthday! "thank heavens' I'd worn the 'statement' red knee length skirt & not the red mini-skirt that day! lol...I figure it was 'my fault' though, I shouldn't have been 'Power Walking' on the footpath in the first place! After all they are 'footpaths', not racing paths, or power-walking paths & definitely not bicycle paths!!!
    So common sense logic says "No' to 'fast pedestrian lanes' - footpaths are used by all pedestrians including babies in prams, older folk, disabled, young families, sight-seers, shoppers etc>
    If you're in that much of a hurry either leave 10 mins earlier walking at normal pace, catch a taxi &/or 'workout' elsewhere & you may just save your life or another's - believe me, I know!


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