About Ride for Rights

Do you want to challenge yourself and cycle across the Netherlands, while standing up for human rights and those that defend them? 

 

Ride for Rights is an annual cycle challenge in the Netherlands, to draw attention for human rights and the activists that work hard every day to protect them. This year’s edition will take place on Saturday, 18 May, 2019. By participating, cyclists will fundraise for the Dutch Shelter City initiative to protect human rights defenders at risk.

 

Download the Information Guide here! [EN]

Download de informatiegids hier! [NL]

 

About the 6 Cities Route:

 

In one day, we want to cover a total distance of 400 kilometers, crossing 6 'Shelter Cities' that provide safe spaces for human rights defenders! Cyclists can cycle any distance along these routes, starting or stopping in the above cities at the designated rest stops, or take on the full challenge!

On the morning of Saturday 18 May, cyclists will depart from Lola Bikes and Coffee in The Hague. The route will take cyclists from The Hague, to Tilburg, Nijmegen, Deventer, Utrecht, Haarlem, and finish back in The Hague - six Shelter Cities that provide safe spaces for human rights defenders! 

The rest stops will provide you with a place to rest your legs, to re-energise and re-fuel, with music, bike repair, and first aid. Along the way, we will be following with safety cars. 

Date:              

Saturday, 18 May, 2019

Location:        

Start and finish at Lola Bikes & Coffee, Noordeinde 91, The Hague

Distance:        

Total route distance is 400 kilometers (you can choose to cycle any distance along this route, or take on the full challenge!)

Fundraising:

Each cyclists raises a minimum of 300 euros 

Registration fee:

15 euros (fee goes towards your own fundraising goal)

Participation:

Join as a solo cyclist or create a team, ride together or relay

Rest Stops:

 

Tilburg, Nijmegen, Deventer, Utrecht, and Haarlem (see timetable below)

 

 

About the 100 KM Route - Utrecht, to Haarlem to The Hague!

Challenge yourself for up to 5 hours in the saddle with the 100 kilometer route from Utrecht, to Haarlem to The Hague! The opening event will start in Utrecht at the Oude Stadhuis at 16:30, with live music, food and refreshments for the cyclists, and special guest speakers Mayor of Utrecht Jan van Zanen and human rights defender and journalist from Kyrgyzstan, Inga. 

Afterwards, once the cyclists on the 400 kilometer route have reached Utrecht from Deventer, we will leave Utrecht to cycle to Haarlem, the first 50 kilometers. There will be a rest stop half way at De Pletterij in Haarlem, where you will have the chance to rest your legs, to re-energise and re-fuel, with music, bike repair, and first aid. Afterwards, we will all leave together to finish the day in The Hague at Lola Bikes & Coffee! 

Along the way, we will be following with safety cars.

Date:              

Saturday, 18 May, 2019

Start/End Location:       

Start at Oude Stadhuis, Minrebroederstraat 2, Utrecht

End at Lola Bikes & Coffee, Noordeinde 91, The Hague

Distance:        

Total route distance is 100 kilometers (you can choose to cycle any distance along this route, or take on the full challenge!)

Fundraising:

Each cyclists raises a minimum of 300 euros 

Registration fee:

15 euros (fee goes towards your own fundraising goal)

Participation:

Join as a solo cyclist or create a team, ride together or relay

Rest Stops:

 

Haarlem - De Pletterij, Lange Herenvest 122, Haarlem


 

Why cycle for human rights and those that defend them?

 

Every day, people around the world are standing up for human rights and against human rights violations. While in the Netherlands, defending human rights is often without consequence, in many places, this can be a dangerous fight.

If human rights defenders are being threatened because of the work they do, they qualify for a three month stay in the Dutch Shelter City Initiative, powered by Hague-based human rights NGO, Justice and Peace Netherlands. Through this initiative, human rights defenders can escape a potentially threatening situation for a short period, catch their breath, expand their network, and receive vital security training so that they can go back and continue their work safely and effectively. 

Through Ride for Rights, we want to raise as much as we can to train and empower more people defending human rights. By training and empowering one individual here in the Netherlands, we protect others, such as their colleagues and empower whole communities to realise their rights.

 

Show the world that you stand for human rights!

 

You will have the option to choose the Human Right that matters most to you, your community or company that you would like to cycle for and bring national attention to. 

Examples: I #Ride4Freedom, I #Ride4Equality, I #Ride4Environment 

 

Join the movement and #Ride4Rights!

 

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