Bike for Peace is a Norwegian based organization that seeks to initiate and develop a grassroot concern for the local environment, as well as creating an understanding of the national and global consequences of the actions of individuals, communities and campaigns.
The first campaign was run in 1978 in Northern Ireland. We work for peace, and our common environment, across regions and nations, languages and cultures.
In 1999 Bike for Peace organized the Worldwide tour 1999 from Beijing through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway, covering a total of 11 470 km.
In 1977 Helge Hundeide og Tore Naerland started their first international bicycle tour which they called “Bike for Peace”. This first tour was Coast to Coast in the USA, Seattle – Washington DC. Since 1978 Bike for Peace has organized peace and friendship rides in more than 104 countries.
During its tours, Bike for Peace has met many well-known political, religious and cultural leaders like Pope Johannes Paul II, the former General Secretary of the Soviet Union Andreij Gromyko, the General Secretary of the United Nations Boutros Boutros Ghali and Perez de Cuellar, the former President of Poland Lech Walesa, Pres. Mary Robinson, the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy of Burma Aung San Suu Kyi, Pope Francis and many, many other.
The President of Bike for Peace, Tore Naerland has been fighting for peace, disarmament and democracy on the planet for almost 30 years. Naerland studied history, political science and communication at the Concordia College in Moorhead/Minnesota. He has been promoting peace by organizing biking and cultural tours in various countries since 1978 and inspired many to join his ideas.
Vice President Frank Tomlinson joined Bike For Peace in 2010 after he completed a 4 month bicycle journey from Oslo to Aqaba in Jordan. He is now together with Tore Naerland responsible for all activities run by Bike For Peace world wide.
In 2015 Bike For Peace received the Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award in recognition of our work for world wide peace.
Bike For Peace has been nominated for the Nobel Peace prize several times, last in 2016.