AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Strolling Academy has opened up a brand new perspective on how Gen Z and Child Boomers have extra in widespread than you would possibly assume.
KXAN visitors anchor Erica Brennes sat down with America Walks and a latest Strolling Academy graduate to be taught extra.
Addie Walker grew up in Austin in a household that used varied modes of getting round, corresponding to vehicles, strolling, biking and public transportation.
“I feel a neighborhood that’s in-built a sustainable means and depends on multimodal transportation — strolling, biking, rolling — is a extra holistic and built-in neighborhood,” Walker stated.
Her curiosity in sustainability and neighborhood led her to enroll within the Texas Stroll Academy, a six-month program in partnership with America Walks.
“We deal with constructing the capability of native advocates to make a distinction in their very own communities,” stated Ian Thomas of America Walks.
Thomas stated he’s seeing a rising curiosity amongst youthful generations in different modes of transportation.
“They see the local weather disaster, the housing disaster, the visitors congestion, and so they actually need to make a distinction,” Thomas stated.
However the Texas Strolling Academy is definitely sponsored by AARP, the American Affiliation of Retired Individuals.
Thomas stated Gen Z and child boomers have extra in widespread than they understand.
“On the younger and previous phases, individuals see the advantages of residing the place they don’t want a automotive,” Thomas stated.
“What I’ve present in America, particularly in cities which might be actually depending on vehicles, is that once you simply get in your automotive and drive dwelling, you lose that sense of neighborhood,” Walker stated.
Now that Walker has accomplished her coursework, she has set her sights on making Austin extra walkable outdoors of downtown.
“My aim is to not eliminate all vehicles. It really works for some individuals, however for me it’s nearly making strolling simpler when the time is correct,” Walker stated.