The Shelter City Bike Challenge so far – Updates!


Route: Groningen – Zwolle – Deventer

A huge thank you to Shelter City Groningen and University College Groningen, University of Groningen for the very early morning farewell to kick off the start of the SCBC! UCG provided the cyclists with nutritious breakfast boxes to keep them going for their long 140 kilometer bike ride ahead! We were joined by special guests, the Dean of UCG, Prof. Dr. Hans van Ees, and Shelter City Groningen guest and human rights defender from Kenya, Francis!

The first stop of the SCBC was Zwolle! Thank you to the students from Windesheim Honours College, Shelter City Zwolle for their hard work and fantastic event that really got us thinking about human rights! During the afternoon, human rights defender from Nigeria, Justus, spoke about his work as a lawyer standing up for the rights of victims of police brutality. Shortly after, Director of Justice and Peace Netherlands Sebastiaan van der Zwaan presented the Shelter City plaque to Director of Windesheim Honours College, Lineke Stobbe. To end the insightful afternoon, we wrote our ‘Human Rights Wish’!

We finished the day in our newest Shelter City, Deventer! Members from Gemeente DeventerWoon- en Zorgcentrum Humanitas Deventer, and Hogeschool Saxion welcomed us and cycled in for the last few kilometres!

Thank you to Mayor of Gemeente Deventer, Andries Heidema, for welcoming us in Deventer, and to Woon- en Zorgcentrum Humanitas Deventer for providing the cyclists with a fantastic dinner and accommodation! We are looking forward to working with you all this year and welcoming your first Shelter City guest in the fall!



Route: Deventer – Utrecht

We were welcomed in the city of Utrecht by Peace Brigades International – The Netherlands with the Human Rights Café. Joining the evening were Kenyan human rights defenders and Shelter City guests, Francis and Dinah, and the Mayor of Utrecht, Jan van Zanen.

Thank you to Peace Brigades International – The NetherlandsGemeente UtrechtHuman Rights Utrecht, and Netherlands Institute of Human Rights – SIM for hosting us! And a special thank you to Mayor Jan van Zanen for his kind words and dedication to the Shelter City Network!

Cheers to the end of a successful second day of the Shelter City Bike Challenge Nederland 2018!

The legs were feeling a bit sore this morning, but the cyclists pulled through the 90 kilometres from Deventer to Utrecht with a great breakfast from Woon- en Zorgcentrum Humanitas Deventer, beautiful weather and scenery!

Day 3

Route: Utrecht – Amsterdam – Haarlem – Den Haag


Day 4

Route: Den Haag – Middelburg