11. Know when it makes sense to obey the law
I'm not going to tell you to follow the letter of the law 100% of the time. Not only would that be naive on my part, but it would also be irresponsible, as our streets and laws are still heavily car-centric and in some cases, mindlessly obeying them can be downright dangerous. For example, there are times when it’s way safer to follow the pedestrian signal than the traffic signal, as doing the former can give you a head start on the traffic bearing down on you. Also, you should obviously never ride on the sidewalk, but if you find yourself in, say, eastern Queens on a busy boulevard with no shoulder and a pedestrian-free sidewalk and you feel your life is in danger, you gotta do what you gotta do.
Even so, while there are plenty of situations where, say, running a red light won't put you in danger, you may still be violating a pedestrian's right of way, and that's reason enough not to do it.