85 percent of Cortez pack manufacturer's employees participated in statewide challenge on June 22

Cortez, CO - Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, was on a roll on June 22...literally. 32 of the company's 38 potential riders participated in Colorado's Bike to Work Day 2011 challenge, pedaling a total of 425 miles to and from the company's headquarters in Cortez, and eliminating 594 pounds of carbon (based upon 20 miles per gallon and 28 pounds of carbon for every gallon of gas burned).

Additionally, to date, 23 Osprey team members have taken the Bike to Work Pledge, committing to 15 non-motorized commutes between June 22 and September 7, 2011. Osprey will cap off the pledge period with a party and prizes in September for all successful participants.

Now in its sixteenth year, Colorado Bike to Work Day is aimed at getting people to leave their cars at home and bike to work. It is the highlight of Colorado Bike Month, which celebrates bicycling for transportation, fun and health.

"Bike to Work Day is a tradition for Osprey, and it goes glove-in-glove with our year-round Sustainable Transportation Initiative, which provides cash incentives for team members who choose to walk, bike or use other non-motorized means for their daily commute," said Sam Mix, Osprey outdoor marketing manager. "At Osprey, leaving your car at home isn't just a challenge for one day- it's something we encourage year round."

This is Osprey's fifth year of participating in the Colorado Bike to Work challenge, and it is just one example of Osprey's commitment to the environment. In 2010 Osprey donated a total of nearly 220 volunteer hours to a wide variety of projects, including the Conservation Alliance's Backyard Collective, Trails 2000 Make a Difference Day, plus projects in Mesa Verde National Park and the local Carpenter Preserve Open Space.