On Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd September, Sutton Walk was home to London’s first ever pedestrian fast lane. And it was a success.
What does this mean? As with every other means of travel for increasingly jam-packed Londoners, there will probably emerge an overarching system of etiquette for walking, designed to aid the flow of people in an overcrowded city and make everyone’s lives generally better.
The possibility of fast lanes becoming more permanent after this successful PR stunt harkens to a point in the not so distant future where the next time you’re in a rush, you can be justifiably mad at the person walking along not in a rush, as long as they are doing this within the confines of the fast lane.
This was a short term experiment only, running from Thursday the 22nd Sept to the 24th, on Sutton Walk. Here’s what Wendy Pearson from Direct Line–who brought the lane into being–had to say on the matter.
“Direct Line is trialing London’s first-ever pedestrian fast lane at the country’s busiest commuter zone.
Speedy pavement pedestrians will no longer need to get stuck behind those dawdling or playing on their phones, thanks to London’s first-ever pedestrian fast lane at Waterloo. Direct Line is introducing the 50-metre ‘Direct Lane’ on the pavement outside the UK’s busiest commuter zone, Waterloo Station on Thursday 22nd September for two days. The new lane, being trialed in London next week, hopes to help commuters get to their destination hassle-free. The fast lane will only allow those walking over 3 mph (the average walking speed) and not using their phones or dawdling. Those traveling at a slower pace will be free to use the rest of the pavement. Inspired by the introduction of London’s Cycle Superhighway for those on two wheels, fast lanes for pedestrians could be the latest phenomenon to hit the City.