Let the Good Times Roll

Roll and stroll 4“Roll and Stroll” is a great way for active adults, ages 65-and-older, to go on an inexpensive day trip and get to know Austin’s transit system better. Those interested in “Roll and Stroll” excursions are first introduced to Capital Metro’s services at a meeting, typically held at a local senior activity center. There, the program coordinator Pat Thomas provides an overview of Capital Metro’s services, fares, service maps and transit lingo, and she answers questions so that those attending can get prepared for the next planned excursion. A few days later, Pat leads the group on a multi-venue fieldtrip using transit.

A recent excursion Pat organized included a trip on MetroRapid Route 803 from Westgate Mall to enjoy the Downtown Farmers Market, a two-block walk to Gloria’s for lunch, then another trip on Route 803 north to Mandola’s at the Triangle for dessert.

Roll and stroll 2Other trips have included using local buses to take a fun “walkabout” along Lady Bird Lake, enjoy the beautiful views from the Lamar Street Pedestrian Bridge and more. Some upcoming excursions will include taking a bus from the South Congress Transit Center to Capital Metro’s Transit Store on West Ninth Street so participants can get their Senior IDs made, permitting them to receive reduced fares on MetroBus, MetroRapid and MetroRail services.

Pat’s experiences maneuvering around the city are invaluable to those who have not taken the bus here before. She considers the safety and needs of participants, like crosswalks that provide adequate time to safely cross the street, shaded sidewalks and Park & Ride locations with easier access to transit.Using transit, at any age, develops a person’s sense of independence and opportunity. Studies also show that those who try transit experience better health.

So, get out and go to experience all that Austin has to offer!

Roll and Stroll is independently coordinated by Pat Thomas, a member of AARP, South Austin Chapter. To find out how you can participate, email Pat at pthomas1@austin.rr.com.


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