Guest Blog: How Matt Curtis and Christie Johnson Fell In Love With B-cycle

Matt Curtis and Christie Johnson recently got married (and quipped that had they been able to physically manage it, they would have been wed on B-cycles!) Curtis, government relations director at HomeAway and former communications director for Mayor Lee Leffingwell, is often out and about on a bikeshare bike, whether it’s at home in Austin or in another city. Matt and Christie shared with us how B-cycle and other options became part of their relationship.

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Dating on wheels gets you moving fast, and we quickly fell in love on Austin B-cycle.

For two people on-the-go in Austin it was a miracle we met one another. Depending on which one of us you talk to, one of us made the approach to the other, and our stories are radically different. One of the things we agree on; our dates were fun and adventurous, and much of it was because we used Austin B-cycle, Car2Go and other alternative transportation options to get around.

Matt Curtis (MC): When I first met Christie, I didn’t want to let her get away. So, I had to take a normal date and make it a blast. We used Car2Go to get downtown and then hopped on Austin B-Cycle to move from one fun stop to another – and, since there were so many great places to eat, and so many events, we had a lot of options. On bikes we were able to get to more places in less time, and we had a fun time seeing the town along the way.

Christie Johnson (CJ): I didn’t know what to think of this guy. His idea of dating seemed to revolve around keeping us on the go. But, instead of driving to one place for dinner and maybe one more stop, we would stop at several places. Mostly, I loved seeing the city from a different point of view and it was something we could do together.

MC: It was challenging for me to think outside my comfort zone, but it was fun too. I started to find new restaurants and venues neither of us had been to, which was adventurous enough, but to get there by Austin B-Cycle, or bus, made the dates memorable.

CJ : I see a frustration in moving a car and the expense of parking seems outrageous. Plus, the chance of drinking on a date is likely, so using bikes or transit takes a lot of worry out of the date and allows you to have a fun night.

MC: Even when I asked Christie to get married, it was after a day of riding bikeshare. And, she said, yes!

CJ: You could imagine the spark of those first dates would change over time, but we still use alternative transportation often and Austin B-Cycle as much as possible. It still thrills us to date on wheels.

Together, we have seen Austin grow over time. There is so much to do and so much to see. We think alternative transportation can make going out a blast and move a relationship into high gear.

photo via Matt Curtis

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