The Shelter City Bike Challenge
Help protect human rights defenders through the Shelter City Bike Challenge – 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.
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 speaking out for the rights of indigenous communities, these brave people need our support. Because without human rights defenders, there are no human rights.
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.
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.
Next year’s edition will be bigger, better, and even more challenging. Stay informed on next year’s Shelter City Bike Challenge by signing up for our monthly e-newsletter!