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Bike For Shelter: a fundraiser to build Oregon's first shelter for underage human trafficking victims

Event Date: 
September 27, 2009 - 07:00 - 15:00

The Bike For Shelter ride on Sunday, September 27, 2009 will help raise money for Oregon's first shelter for underage victims of domestic sex trafficking. There are a variety of starting times available (from 7:00am to 10:30am) and options for either a more challenging 28-mile route that include a climb to the top of Mt. Tabor or a relaxing 9-mile route through parks and neighborhoods in Southeast Portland.

The following is quoted from their website:

BIKE FOR SHELTER is an open-road event with two route options: the BIG Route spans 27.7 miles and climbs Mt. Tabor, while the LITTLE Route winds through 8.7 miles of parks and neighborhoods. There will be rest stops and water stations, as well as bicycle repair and first aid assistance. Get ready for plenty of parks, beautiful neighborhoods, and great views.

This is the first annual BIKE FOR SHELTER event and it's going to be a blast—the ride is nearly 30 miles, with a 4-mile stretch along the Columbia River and some hefty climbs (including Mt. Tabor!). Registration is open to single riders on 28 and 9-mile routes.

Read more about the ride.

We're also benefiting an amazing cause: a local nonprofit called Transitions Global has been asked by the FBI and the Portland Police Force to open a safe house for underage girls from Oregon, Washington, and neighboring states who have been kidnapped or coerced into sexual slavery. It is a huge problem here in Portland—police officials say they could fill the shelter’s proposed 22 beds in 24 hours—and Transitions Global is exactly the right group to help. We're very proud to help them finance their project.

Read more about the cause.

ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME! So are all ages. Student registration is just $10! Regular registration is $27.

All proceeds benefit Transitions Global, a local non-profit organization with plans to open Oregon's first (and desperately needed) shelter for underage victims of domestic sex trafficking.

From the Frequently Asked Questions page:

Does the number 27 have a particular significance?

Yes, Anti-Slavery International estimates that there are 27 million slaves in the world today. Slavery takes a number of forms in modern times, though most commonly slaves are trafficked humans trapped in debt bondage, forced to work in people's homes, as field laborers, or in the sex industry.

SE Main & Water Ave.
Portland, OR 97214
United States



jadefrank's picture

I'm in!

Hi Ankur,

Thanks for posting this event! I need an excuse to go on long ride anyways, and what better way than to support this initiative. A shelter like this is so necessary for providing a supportive home, therapy and job skill opportunities for young women who are rescued from trafficking. What Transitions Global has done in Cambodia is pretty amazing, we are so lucky to have the first shelter of its kind right here in Portland. I hope that lots of Portland folks come out for the event!


Ankur Naik's picture


Are you doing the 9 mile or 28 mile ride? I'll be doing the 9 mile ride myself. It's great that they are offering options for all skill levels, so that everyone can support the critical and urgent work of Transitions Global!

Best wishes,
Ankur Naik
Technology Architect, World Pulse

jadefrank's picture

I'm thinking 9 mile

28 miles might be a stretch for me... especially uphill! We'll see how I am feeling next week, but I am thinking that a leisurely 9 mile ride through town might suit me better! I agree... it's great they give us options! See you there!


jodelight's picture

biking for shelter

hi Ankur,

Thanks for the info, what a great effort to support. Human trafficking is a huge issue around the world, and I am excited to be a part of steps to end it here in Oregon. I am familiar with Transitions Global, they do great work. Super cool!
I'll be there:)


Ankur Naik's picture

27 million

27 million is a figure that is so large it is difficult to comprehend. It's more than the combined population of Australia and New Zealand! I'm glad we'll be able to help support the work of Transitions Global through the Bike For Shelter fundraiser. Events like these can help bring visibility to this global issue and allow the community to participate in a positive way to help those who have experienced trafficking firsthand.

Best wishes,
Ankur Naik
Technology Architect, World Pulse

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