London's West End Plans for Sidewalk Fast Lane

A group of West End business owners plans to direct slower moving foot traffic to walk along storefronts.
November 4, 2010, 8am PDT | rysloan4
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The plan to encourage shoppers and slower moving foot traffic to walk along storefronts is part of a larger plan to revitalize the West End area in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games. While the line between the "slow-pokes" and fast movers walking on the sidewalk's outer-edge would be virtual, the plan calls for an "army of privately funded Red Caps" to facilitate the desired flow of foot-traffic.

The plan is already attracting criticism, "'It's quite a ludicrous idea- and completely unworkable and impractical," [said] Robert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster City Council. 'The idea that you can herd people along fast and slow lanes is nonsense.'"

Thanks to Ryan Sloan

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Published on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 in The Wall Street Journal
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