Ride for Rights

Help protect human rights defenders through Ride for Rights 2019 – an exciting bike tour that will take you across the Netherlands, challenge you to go beyond your limits, and leave you with an experience that you will never forget.

Join the movement and #Ride4Rights!

Why Ride for Rights?

Ride for Rights 2019 fundraises for the Shelter City initiative, which provides support and protection to human rights defenders at risk. 

All over the world, there are people that stand up against human rights violations, people that risk their own lives for the rights and freedoms of others. This is a dangerous job. Whether they are an activist standing up for LGBTI communities, a journalist documenting police brutality, or a lawyer defending indigenous rights, these brave people need our support.

By participating, you will raise money for the Shelter City programme, a Dutch initiative that provides vital protection to human rights defenders at risk. Through temporary relocation to one of the 11 Dutch Shelter Cities for a period of three months, human rights defenders get the opportunity to catch their breath, re-energise, and access the tools and skills they need to continue their work safely and effectively.

Read more about Shelter City here.

Ride for Rights 2019

The Ride for Rights 2019 edition will take cyclists across the Netherlands in one day. Participants can join the full 400 kilometer route, or the 100 kilometer route. For the 400 km route, you can take on the full challenge as a solo cyclist, or sign up as a team, ride together or split the distance and relay. It’s up to you!
  • Date: 18 May 2019
  • Start Time: 04.00 in the morning (400 km) / 16.00 in the afternoon (100 km)
  • Location: Lola Bikes and Coffee, 91 Noordeinde, The Hague
  • Registration: www.rideforrights.sheltercity.nl
  • Fundraising: 300 euros minimum fundraising amount

Shelter City Bike Challenge 2018

In May 2018, we embarked on the first ever edition of the Shelter City Bike Challenge. In 7 days, we cycled 850 kilometers across the 11 Dutch Shelter Cities, from Groningen, to Zwolle, Deventer, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Haarlem, Den Haag, Middelburg, Tilburg, Nijmegen, and ending in Maastricht. Over 30 cyclists participated in the challenge, raising over 16,000 euros.