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Osprey Packs Inc. cranked out multiple miles and much enthusiasm from its staff during this year’s Bike to Work Day in Colorado. Of the 26 people who came to work, 23 chose to travel by bike, which collectively totaled 289.5 miles in commuting distance.
â€œWe’re thrilled that nearly 100% of our staff biked to work todayâ€ said Gareth Martins, director of marketing for Osprey. â€œIt is our hope that Osprey can set an example for other local businesses as to how important and fun not driving your car to work can beâ€.
Traveling from several towns around Osprey’s Cortez headquarters, employees racked-up the miles and prevented an estimated 14.5 gallons of gas from being burned (20 miles per gallon average in a vehicle). Based on calculations from Sam Mix, Osprey associate marketing manager and corporate sustainability coordinator, employees were responsible for preventing 405 pounds, or 28 pounds per gallon, of carbon from being released into the atmosphere on this day alone.
As an incentive to pedal their way into week, Osprey offered prizes to eager employees who participated. Prizes were offered for the event from outdoor companies including Patagonia, Smith Optics, Cascade Designs/MSR, Princeton Tec, Crocs, Steamworks Brewing, Pro Bar, The North Face, Jetboil and more.
For 2009, Osprey will launch a local Bike to Work Day business challenge, encouraging local businesses to take part by awakening their competitive nature with a friendly challenge to try to top Osprey participation.
In addition to Bike to Work Day, the Osprey Sustainable Transportation Program provides financial incentives for non-motorized commuting to employees throughout the year. More than half of Osprey employees bike, carpool or walk to work with some regularity throughout the year. From its inception in 2005 through 2007, the program has seen 2,859 individual non-motorized trips.
About Osprey Packs
From its humble beginnings building custom backpacks and sleeping bags in Santa Cruz California, to its current recognition as an industry leader, Osprey has always flown its own course. Their mission is to create innovative high performance gear that reflects a love of adventure and a devotion to the outdoors and the environment. Osprey defines success when it meets the demanding expectation of its most discerning customers. Based in Cortez, Colorado, Osprey has over thirty-five years of pack-making experience. Visit us on the web at www.ospreypacks.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Osprey-Packs/27230905321