Unlike you, I pay attention to my health. I’m a regular gym goer and expect to have at least one-pack abs by year end (whatever that means, you got the point.). Prior to joining gym, I’d walk for at least 3-4 kilometers every day in the evening – after office. I’d often do that humming songs, thinking about my part-time venture (back then) and making decisions (if required). That meant, anything up-to 3-4 kilometers from my starting point would safely come under ‘walking distance’.
Someone once asked me how far is the ice-creme parlor from home and I used the term ‘walking distance’ and later it turned out to be a ‘autorickshaw distance’. My best estimate is that the parlor was within 800 meters from my home. I learned that walking distance for most of the people is ‘across the street’ or less than 100-150 footsteps. People are so used to sitting on riding their bikes or driving cars that they forgot that God gave us feet to stand and walk on – and not just to press the accelerators, clutch & brakes.
I therefore call for standardizing the Walking Distance. It would help me and other healthy people to feel comfortable when suggesting wither the destination falls within the walking distance. However, I need help from all (relatively) unhealthy people (you, yes you!) to help me finalize it in ‘meter’ unit.
Have your say in comments and we’ll submit it to the government of India.