Champion System p/b Stan’s NoTubes/ CRCA cycling team and Transportation Alternatives have come together to conceive and propagate “The Pro-Pedestrian Street Code”.
The code defines how cyclists should interact with pedestrians and other users of public roads. Recognizing that cyclists sometimes intimidate pedestrians, the most vulnerable street users, the code seeks to educate about the proper use of shared roadways.
“We’re really happy to be working with Transportation Alternatives and adopting a code of conduct falls in line with the philosophy of our team,” said Champion System p/b Stan’s NoTubes/ CRCA’s managing director Igor Volshteyn, “We strive to be role models for the New York cycling community and working with TA to lay the groundwork for an actual street code for cyclists was a great chance for our team to get involved”.
The Pro Pedestrian Street Code contains seven directives: Always yield to pedestrians; claim a lane and do not ride on the sidewalk; ride in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic; stop at red lights; and stay clear of crosswalks. The code also states that one will ride in a manner that is predictable to drivers and does not hamper the progress of faster-moving traffic.
“As New York City’s leading advocates for both walkers and bikers, we’re proud of our partnership with Champion System to promote safe biking behavior and protect pedestrians. By sticking to a few common sense rules, New York City bicyclists are taking the lead to create safer, saner streets for everyone,” said Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives. “With the imminent arrival of the New York City public bike share program, many new bicyclists will be looking for behavioral cues out there on the street. If NYC’s most avid riders lead, many will follow.”
The final directive of the Pro Pedestrian Code states that, above all else, riders will act, at all times, as ambassadors for bicycling. “A little common sense goes a long way here,” reads the code, in part. “Never do anything that would give bicyclists a bad name and always assume that others are watching your every action.”
The code is already spreading to other cycling organizations with both the Siggis/NYVelocity and Breakaway Courier clubs adopting the newly created street code.