'Safewalk' volunteers lend a helping hand

A group of volunteers in Brooklyn are offering to walk local residents home free of charge as a part of the "Safewalk" program.

Anyone who does not feel safe walking home alone can call the group, and it will dispatch a bike patrol to any location in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick, Clinton Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, Fort Greene, Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The group is made up of about a dozen cyclists who volunteer their time to escort residents every Friday night from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. The "Safewalk" service runs from May to October.

The "Safewalk" program was first introduced in 2006 as an offshoot of "RightRides," which started two years prior. That program provides free car service for women on Saturday nights. Both initiatives were launched in response to attacks taking place after hours.

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