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Rares Vernica: Bike Commuter Profile

by SRP on April 1, 2024

Name: Rares Vernica

Employer: HP, Inc.

Job Position: Senior Research Scientist

Where did you grow up? Brasov, Romania - this is in Transylvania :-)

Where do you commute from? Mountain View

How many years have you been commuting by bike? How often do you ride? Thirteen years, daily

Why do you bike? It takes almost the same time as driving; I get to exercise, I relax, and I'm free from the stress of driving.

What other kind of cycling do you do? On weekends I occasionally bike around the Bay Area as a means of transportation.

What you wish drivers knew? Bikes have equal rights as cars on the road. Bikes can take the full lane. Bikes have priority on the bike lane. Don't force bikers to ride in the road gutter.

What would you say to new cyclists or wannabes? Try to live within a reasonable biking distance from work or bring your bike on transit for commuting longer distances. Figure out your work logistics (shower, bike parking, work clothes, etc.). Also: register for the VTA Guaranteed Ride Home program as a free ride back-up should you ever need it.
Think of biking as a way to relax to and from work. Your commute becomes your workout. The more bikers on the road, the safer the roads will be. Enjoy your no-traffic commute!

Are you willing to help new cyclists in any way? I'd be happy to help with advice and share my experience.

Any other unique skills you’d like to share? I have a pilot license and I enjoy flying small airplanes.


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