Monday, August 7, 2017

SUBWAY ESCORTS FOR LATE-NIGHT TRAVELERS


After watching a TV news segment six years ago about sexual assaults committed against women in Brooklyn, Brooklynite Jay Ruiz felt a calling to help safeguard women against this epidemic of attacks. Jay founded Brooklyn Bike Patrol (BPP) in September 2011, walking women home from subway stations late at night.

That was the start of Brooklyn Bike Patrol--one man who rode his bike to a handful of subway stations and made himself available to walk home one woman at a time. BPP since has grown from a one-person operation to an all-volunteer organization with dozens of members who feel the same way as Jay, its founder and president.

BPP describes itself:

The Brooklyn Bike Patrol is dedicated to making the people of Brooklyn feel safe as they travel from train stations to their homes in the evening hours. Just call us ahead of time before you board your train and one of our volunteers will be waiting to meet and escort you home safely.

We service various train stops in Brooklyn, including Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Sunset Park, Kensington,Windsor Terrace and Carroll Gardens, Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, Borough Park, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bushwick, Williamsburg, Bay Ridge, Greenpoint, Ditmas Park, Bensonhurst, and Red Hook.

All of our volunteers have been background checked by the 72nd Precinct and their pictures can be found on our Facebook page. Please check our Facebook page for service updates.

When you want someone to accompany you home, call Brooklyn Bike Patrol at (718) 744-7592.