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Contest: Instead of driving I…

February 16th, 2011

At Osprey headquarters in Cortez, CO we strive to reduce our carbon footprint as best we can. One easy way is to drive less. In rural Southwest Colorado, we really only have two options: carpooling in winter months and riding our bikes in the spring, summer and fall seasons. We do have a couple hardy souls that ride during the dead of winter!

We’re curious about our fans who live in urban areas. You have access to a variety of commuting options instead of driving. Light rail, buses, trains, walking, skateboarding, scooters, rollerblades, swimming… all provide alternatives to get to work, to the gym, to the coffee shop, to band practice, to the library. All without driving.

Begin your statement with: “Instead of driving, I…” We’ll pick the top 10 most creative statements and send you a pack of your choice from the Momentum, Metron, Flap, 24/7 or Resource Series. Your statement may even appear (anonymously) in a cool new video we are producing called, you guessed it: “Instead of Driving I…”

Contest ends Monday February 28, 2011. In the event that a requested product is not in stock, Osprey Packs, Inc. reserves the right to substitute a product of equal or greater value. Winners will be picked and notified on March 1, 2011.

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  1. Michael Rasmussen
    February 26th, 2011 at 12:03 | #1

    @Michael Rasmussen

    May it should read “pedal my fixie” ??

  2. February 26th, 2011 at 21:17 | #2

    Instead of driving I walk, bike, bus or take the train where I need to go. I’ve learned that what I need I can carry and what I can’t carry I don’t need. I have a small bike that carries me and when I get to the bus or train I can fold up the bike and carry it aboard. I have a pack that’s big enough to carry what I need for a day and life really only happens one day at a time. I have enough time to get where I’m going and what I need to enjoy the trip. Why would I want to be in a box, looking out at the world when I can be out in the world instead?

  3. Paul Toepke
    February 27th, 2011 at 00:49 | #3

    I’m a student, attending the University of Wisconsin, in Madison. Driving can be impossible here, so I traded my jeep in for a 2009 Honda Ruckus Moped. I really didn’t think that I could detach myself from driving, because I’ve always thought it was one of those things that makes us “free” as Americans. I am one of many on my campus who resorts to year-round scooting, like a cult. Yes, I look ridiculous zooming through knee-high snow drifts in the winter months, but it’s so much FUN! (Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.) In addition, I walk, run, bike, and take public transportation, too. Originally, I didn’t think that I could “make it” without a vehicle, but have come to redefine what being free means to me: I am free from the monstrous gas prices; I am free to really take in my environment through all my senses–not living life behind a glass windshield, designed to keep the world out. Finally, I am free of my flawed thinking, assuming that driving is a necessity. To all the people who don’t realize the benefits of “not” driving, I am here to say that I’ve never been more Free!

  4. Paul Toepke
    February 27th, 2011 at 00:56 | #4

    Instead of driving, I scoot. I’m a student, attending the University of Wisconsin, in Madison. Driving can be impossible here, so I traded my jeep in for a 2009 Honda Ruckus Moped. I really didn’t think that I could detach myself from driving, because I’ve always thought it was one of those things that makes us “free” as Americans. I am one of many on my campus who resorts to year-round scooting, like a cult. Yes, I look ridiculous zooming through knee-high snow drifts in the winter months, but it’s so much FUN! (Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.) In addition, I walk, run, bike, and take public transportation, too. Originally, I didn’t think that I could “make it” without a vehicle, but have come to redefine what being free means to me: I am free from the monstrous gas prices; I am free to really take in my environment through all my senses–not living life behind a glass windshield, designed to keep the world out. Finally, I am free of my flawed thinking, assuming that driving is a necessity. To all the people who don’t realize the benefits of “not” driving, I am here to say that I’ve never been more Free!

  5. Mark Schofield
    February 27th, 2011 at 06:43 | #5

    Instead of driving I prefer to walk, ride my bike or jog, when my knees allow, to the gym or store. Not only is it beneficial to you health and saves money on gas you find some great items along the side of the road and you end up with some great tan lines here in Florida :)

  6. Michael Rasmussen
    February 27th, 2011 at 11:12 | #6

    @Michael Rasmussen
    Instead of driving in a seat, with a screen, like watching TV, get into the scene, be part of the action.

  7. Meredith
    February 27th, 2011 at 12:43 | #7

    Instead of driving, I ride the ridges of historic brick roads.

  8. Michael Rasmussen
    February 27th, 2011 at 18:42 | #8

    Instead of driving I popped a beer, pulled out a chair and watched the grass grow.

  9. Christine Peterson
    February 27th, 2011 at 20:24 | #9

    Instead of driving, I walk nearly everywhere, occasionally riding my bike or taking the bus or train. My pre-dawn commute to work takes me on foot down quiet streets, over a salmon stream, through the shadows of tall evergreens under moonlight and bright stars. I see squirrels scurrying, deer wandering with quiet grace, a heron fishing for breakfast, and raccoons headed home to sleep as a few lights come on in apartment windows. My Osprey Helix carries my lunch, a book, and my umbrella (which, here in the Pacific Northwest, I am never without!). I wonder why so many people feel driven to speed through life in a car when there is so much in this world to savor and enjoy?

    BTW, I’m totally happy with my Helix, but my husband has his eye on the Momentum 26, and his birthday is this week!

  10. Peter
    February 27th, 2011 at 21:04 | #10

    Instead of driving, I step out my door to be greeted by a thermometer reading -40. Celsius, Fahrenheit, doesn’t really matter at this point. Hopping on my bike I cruise by a moose and her calf hanging out by the side of the road and get greeted by the sun rising over the Alaska range as I pedal into work appreciating that I live in a pretty cool place and discovering it is possible to break a sweat even at 40 below.

  11. Michael Rasmussen
    February 28th, 2011 at 06:29 | #11

    Side note:
    Instead of driving I rode to work on a bike from 2002 to 2006 and lost over 50 pounds. In 2007 I started driving again and gained them back.

    In 2002 the commute was five miles and within a few months I was faster than the alternates of driving or bus. Now the commute is 11 miles and I fear the pain of starting again.

  12. Shannon
    February 28th, 2011 at 10:48 | #12

    Instead of driving I ride the “Green Bean”, my trusty old bike! It goes everywhere with me! I am always trying to find new routes to take and sometimes get sidetracked on my way to work! So much fun and a great way to start the day!

  13. Kristine
    February 28th, 2011 at 10:52 | #13

    Instead of driving, I telecommute (work @ home) & leave the job behind on the weekends by hitting the trails!

  14. February 28th, 2011 at 11:05 | #14

    Instead of driving, I enjoy getting there.

  15. Michael R
    February 28th, 2011 at 12:28 | #15

    Instead of driving I stuff that gas money into my waterbottle. When it’s full I take my wife out for a special dinner.

    Instead of driving I ride my horse and move those dogies along through the unfenced range like God intended.

    Instead of driving I assert my independence from imported oil each day.

  16. February 28th, 2011 at 14:00 | #16

    Instead of driving, I do a multi-modal commute by biking to the train station. If it’s nice out, I’ll bike all the way in, which is about 9 miles. In Boston, even going 9 miles can take about an hour via car or train, and on the bike it takes the same amount of time. I like to think of that time on the bike as free exercise!

  17. Matt Parker
    February 28th, 2011 at 14:27 | #17

    Instead of driving, I pretend I am 12 again and pedal my way to and from work with a huge smile on my face. No stress, no phones, no email! Nothing could be better.

  18. Alexandra
    February 28th, 2011 at 17:21 | #18

    Instead of driving I get outside the box. I pass on the Top 40 radio and listen to the wind and the sound of my own breathing as I pedal myself up the hills and passed the congestion. If it’s raining, I smile and get splattered with mud. If snow finds its way to Seattle, I catch the flakes in my mouth at stoplights. And when that sun comes out, well, let’s just say that the whole ‘kid in a candy store’ saying is very applicable. Two wheels are way more fun that four.

  19. March 5th, 2011 at 20:07 | #19

    Missed the deadline but here are my two bits:

    I travel with the circus everyday
    We are a family in a way
    The bearded man
    The overly tanned
    Fat, thin, short, tall
    The guy who trips on the steps daily and almost falls
    I am hated and I am loved
    Winter’s chill demands my hands be gloved
    At the end of the day
    As the bus takes us away
    We are all glad
    There’s public transportation to be had

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