Utah Valley University: School Creates Special Lane on Staircase for People to Use While Texting

Credit: Morgue File

Credit: Morgue File

On the Utah Valley University campus, students tend to walk and text. For this reason, Matt Bambrough, the creative director at UVU, came up with an idea to paint a “texting lane” on a staircase leading up to the brand-new Student and Wellness Center.

“You have 18-24 year olds walking down the hall with smartphones, you’re almost bound to run into someone somewhere; it’s something we’re dealing with in this day and age,” Bambrough said. “But (preventing collisions) isn’t the reason we did it—we did it to engage the students. It’s meant to be there for people to look at and enjoy.”

This habit, however, can be annoying. According to Kenzie Jones, a sports editor at the UVU Review (Utah Valley’s student newspaper), the entire Orem, Utah campus can be navigated indoors. For this reason, it makes it more difficult for students to get to class on time when others are texting in their way.

Jones said she once saw a student holding a trombone almost crash into a walker/texter, sending the trombone carrier stumbling backwards.

“It’s the nature of the world we live in,” Bambrough said. “I’ve texted and walked before; it’s not against the law.”

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One Response to Utah Valley University: School Creates Special Lane on Staircase for People to Use While Texting

  1. Debra says:

    This is a creative idea no doubt, but rather than encourage texting while walking, couldn’t thoughtful energy be channeled into ways for students to be “in the moment” of their surroundings?

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