So I’m an exciting turn of events, the Twitter protest of hear us niantic worked! Now that Pokémon and gym spin distances have been increased it has caused a huge jump in quality of life!
Here in the US we still suffer from severe systematic racism, there were several tweets from persons of color saying they could play Pokémon go safely with the increased distance but with the decrease in distance, some were afraid to leave the house due to the long standing history of police brutality against persons of color.
It has also been a win for persons with invisible and visible disabilities. Those of us, like myself, who struggle in crowds. For those of us who have mobility issues the spin radius increase was a breath of fresh air. I was able to pick up the game and start a new profile after having abandoned the game due to social anxiety.
This is also a public health win. The Delta variant and COVID is still real. Wear a mask, get vaccinated, stay home if you feel ill, and most importantly, stay safe!