all day long i saw cyclists running red lights. i don't think this is a good thing. courtesy has nothing to do with infrastructure, it's all about gaining respect for cycling in Emerging Bicycle Cultures. just one cyclist obeying the traffic laws can make a difference.
i stop for red and signal in any city i cycle in and i've cycled in many cities that are far worse than nyc.
it's marketing. branding. and one cyclist obeying the rules can make a difference in selling cycling to the rest of the city.
From Mikael Coleville-Andersen's comments about his recent trip to NYC on Copenhagen Cycle Chic.
I'm trying to be that one cyclist obeying the traffic laws, but sometimes it's really discouraging when others are zooming past me while stopped at a red light. Unfortunately if you've ever read comments on a bicycle themed article in a major newspaper, you know that the negative example sticks in driver's and pedestrian's heads more than the positive one.