Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Osprey Packs Employees Ride Bikes to Work

Osprey Packs, Inc., the well-known Cortez, CO based industry leading backpack manufacturer can be proud of its employees. During Colorado’s “Bike to Work Day” on June 27, 2007, 18 out of 23 people from Osprey Packs enthusiastic staff chose to travel to work by bike. That is a total commuting distance of 244 miles or 393 kilometers.
Gareth Martins, Director of Marketing for Osprey said: “We're thrilled that nearly 100% of our staff biked to work today. It 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 be”. Martins pointed out that more than 50% of Osprey Packs employees are using carpools throughout the year, walk or ride a bike to work.
What does that mean for the environment?
Osprey’s workforce prevented an estimated 12.2 gallons (approximately 46 liters) of gasoline from being burned, assuming a consumption of 1 gallon per 20 miles (11.9 liters per 100 kilometers) for an average car. They calculated an estimated 340 pounds (154 kilograms) of carbon emission has been prevented from being released into the atmosphere. That’s about 28 pounds per gallon or 3.3 kilograms per Liter fuel.
To motivate their employees, Osprey Packs offered prices worth $1,500 for everyone who participated. In addition to Bike to Work Day, the Osprey Sustainable Transportation Program provides monetary encouragement for non-motorized commuting to workers during the year. Since its beginning in 2006, the program has seen 2,217 individual non-motorized trips with $1108.50 paid in rewards to Osprey Packs staff.