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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. Please check and follow your local government’s guidelines regarding recreational activities during COVID-19 to keep yourself and your fellow riders safe.


The health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers remains of utmost importance. All health and safety protocols have been created in collaboration with Yale New Haven Health’s medical team. Safety measures include: Mask requirements for indoor locations and unvaccinated participants, added hand washing and sanitizing stations, regular disinfection and cleaning of all shared surfaces and decreased capacity in transportation vehicles. Vaccination is highly encouraged but not required to participate. Participants exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 are asked not to participate in the Ride.

For vaccinated participants, face coverings will be required in all indoor spaces (such as Pre-Ride at the Floyd Little Center) and in any Ride transport vehicles  including sweep vans and shuttle buses. 

Unvaccinated participants are required to wear face coverings in all ride settings including Yale Bowl, rest stops, indoor spaces and in any Ride transport vehicles.

For current Yale New Haven Health COVID-19 information and resources.


  • 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!