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Children want to bike. You can help.

NUPD Officers John Farrell and John Sweeney register Deon Ledbetter's bicycle in the lobby of 716 Columbus Place at Northeastern University. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Whether you’re an expert at navigating the streets of Boston on two wheels or have an interest in engaging with your local community, the Northeastern University Police Department needs your help.

NUPD will host its first ever community bike clinic to teach local children about bike safety on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Robinson Quad.

NUPD is looking for student volunteers who are knowledgeable about biking to teach valuable skills to youth from the surrounding community. Even if you can’t ride a bike, NUPD needs volunteers to staff the registration table, hand out snacks, and function as face painters.

“Young people can’t wait till the day they can kick the training wheels off,” said John Farrell, staff sergeant for the NUPD, “and we wanted to get caught up in the spirit.”

The clinic, he said, aims to teach children bike laws, general safety tips, hand signals, agility drills, and even how to do minor bike repairs.

Officer Rachel Jolliffe, who works in NUPD’s Community Engagement Unit, conceived of the idea for the bike clinic. Farrell said police departments in cities and towns across the country hold similar events, but he hasn’t heard of any university police department doing so until now.

NUPD officers donated money to buy a couple of bicycles to raffle off at the event, which was organized with help from Northeastern Crossing, a campus venue dedicated to building connections between city residents and students, faculty, and staff.

“This is a great way for us to engage with the community and teach some valuable safety skills that children can use for the rest of their lives,” said Farrell, who hopes to make the bike clinic an annual tradition.

If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Officer Jolliffe at 617.373.3940 or at

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