2013 Closer to Free gets into gear and kicks off on April 4 The third annual Closer to Free bike ride — which will take place on Saturday, September 7 — will officially kick off on Thursday, April 4, 5-7 p.m., at The Study at Yale, 1157 Chapel Street. Closer to Free invites all riders and volunteers from the first two rides and all those who would like to ride or volunteer in Year 3 to the kick-off event. Attendees who register at the party to ride or volunteer will receive a special gift. The event is free but those who are coming should visit Ride Closer to Free and click "RSVP now." Parking is available on the street or in the York Chapel garage, across the street from the hotel. In photo below, riders in the 2012 Closer to Free pause in front of Smilow Cancer Hospital to wave to patients and volunteers.