|Jay Ruiz of Brooklyn Bike Patrol|
Brooklyn bikers will stand at the ready when a woman emerges from the subway station and will offer to accompany her home if she does not feel comfortable walking alone at night.
Jay Ruiz, a 55 year old dispatcher for a bike messenger company, founded the group and gave it the name Brooklyn Bike Patrol. Ruiz said,
“We just want the monsters to stop already.”
The group began escorting women home last Friday.
Ruiz explained that they are not only covering the area of southern Park Slope, but the Brooklyn Bike Patrol will also be on the lookout for crimes in his own neighborhood of Prospect Heights, which has had several robberies in the recent past.
Ruiz explained his motivation: “It’s so bad to see women getting attacked. I feel like I have to do something.”
So far Ruiz has found 10 volunteers to help him cover the area from 8pm to midnight, with an emphasis on the five subway stations in the area.
What finally inspired Ruiz to take action was the “Take Back Our Streets” rally last week which was organized by women of the neighborhood.
"The cops can't be everywhere," Ruiz said. "Just give us a call and we'll have someone there."