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Safety tips - Staggered Formation Riding

Staggered Formation Riding
by Greg Swallow (diagram colourized by Randolf Richardson)

Staggered Formation Riding Rules for groups riding in Staggered Formation:

  • This is the primary riding formation.
  • Single file is used when directed by the ride leader.
  • One-second rule:  the bike in the lane to your left or right should not be less than one second ahead of you.
  • Two-second rule:  maintain at least two seconds between you and the rider in front of you.
  • Four-second rule:  look ahead four seconds at your immediate path of travel to give yourself more time to react to a hazard.
  • Twelve-second rule:  also look ahead at your anticipated path of travel.  Twelve seconds is approximately one city block.
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