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.

You can choose between either a course of 100km or 400km. For the 400km you may ride with your friends or colleagues together and cycle as a relay team of 2-4 cyclists or join other soloists for the full challenge. It's up to you!

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! For cyclists taking part in the 100 km route, you will start from The Hague at 4:00 pm, cycle to Haarlem, and return back to The Hague with the other cyclists.

 Download the Information Guide here! [EN]

Download de informatiegids hier! [NL]


Saturday, 18 May, 2019


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


400 kilometers (across 6 Shelter Cities) or 100 kilometer route (The Hague-Haarlem & back)


Each cyclists raises a minimum of 300 euros 

Registration fee:

15 euros for students / 25 for non-students (fee goes towards your own fundraising goal)


Join as a solo cyclist or create a team of 2 to 4 friends, ride together or relay.

Checkpoints (and relay entry points):

Tilburg, Nijmegen, Deventer, Utrecht, and Haarlem (exact locations to be announced)


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 


How can I join the ride?

You can choose between either a course of 100 km or 400 km. For the 400 km route, you can join as a solo cyclist or create a team of 2/3/4 with your friends, colleagues, family or peers and ride together or split the distance among you & relay! There will be checkpoints set up in Tilburg, Nijmegen, Deventer, Utrecht, and Haarlem where you can switch team members. 

For more information, check out the FAQs section. 

Join the movement and #Ride4Rights!


What are the costs to participate in Ride for RIghts?
Is my donation tax deductible? Does it go to a trustworthy cause?
Who can participate in Ride for Rights?
How do I contribute to human rights through Ride for Rights?