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Whether we’re together or apart for the Closer to Free Ride, nothing is more important than your safety. Please review and become familiar with the following rules and tips to ensure that everyone stays safe and healthy while riding and fundraising.


The Closer to Free Ride follows the guidance and oversight of Yale New Haven Health and its team of medical and public health professionals. As the 2024 Closer to Free Ride is an outdoor event, at this time we are not requiring masking or vaccination but strongly encourage vaccination plus boosters for all. We also request that any non-vaccinated individuals participating in the Ride have a negative test within 72 hours of participation. Policies regarding indoor locations, check-in, vehicles and eating and drinking will be released closer to the event.

Yale New Haven Health is committed to bringing you the latest information about COVID-19 to ensure you and your loved ones receive the care you need when you need it. Our expert staff is prepared and doing everything in their power to research, diagnose and treat COVID-19 in the cities and towns we all call home.

Current Yale New Haven Health COVID-19 information and resources.


  • Get your bike checked out and tuned up if needed before Ride Day by a local bike tech or professional bike shop 
  • Don’t forget your helmet.  Every time you ride, you should wear a helmet
  • Wear bright and/or reflective clothing, even in the day time hours
  • Avoid wearing headphones so as to stay alert at all times
  • When riding with others, ride single file at all times, with the exception of passing
  • When passing, call out “On Your Left” when passing and make sure that you LOOK BEHIND you before pulling out to pass
  • Follow the rules of the road, as if you were driving a car
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!  Please make sure you are drinking both water and sports drink during your rides
  • If you’re not sweating and you’re not peeing, you are NOT hydrated!