How far are you willing to walk to work?

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flying_pan
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Re: How far are you willing to walk to work?

Post by flying_pan »

It depends on many factors, namely how long do I work (I will be less willing to walk 5 km after 12 hour shifts), what is the scenery on the way, weather (a lot of snow or too hot are fine only going back) and what are the alternatives. I love to walk, though, and in your case I'd 100% walk. My rule of thumb is:

less than 3 km (30 min) – always walk
less than 6 km (1 hr) – walk if alternatives are only ~25% faster

More than that would be too annoying. So, for me the cutoff is 1 hour.

p.s. I also walk plenty in my life (I think I average 6km per day in USA, and it was like 8 km per day in Europe) and never got blisters!

ZAFCorrection
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Re: How far are you willing to walk to work?

Post by ZAFCorrection »

5 miles total for one trip seems to be the maximum I do before the laziness equation pushes me back toward taking public transport at least one direction or part of the way.

Below that I am too lazy to deal with following the bus schedule.

bostonimproper
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Re: How far are you willing to walk to work?

Post by bostonimproper »

I walk around 1.7ish miles to and from work, each way. I think that's near my maximum. By 3 miles, I'd definitely go for a bike or electric scooter.

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