The Universal Declaration of the Cyclists Rights has the following principles:
Vehicles don't have rights. People do. Both bicycles and motor vehicles are just machines to transport people. No one can demand more rights because he or she is driving a larger, more expensive or heavier vehicle. All road users have equal rights.
Cyclists take up much less space in public, make little noise, do not emit particulates and other hazardous substances and consume much less energy than users of motor vehicles. As a cyclist puts far fewer demands on scarce resources per kilometer traveled, equal rights for all road users means increased priority for cyclists than for the user of a motor vehicle.
We live in a time of dwindling oil supplies, climate change, population growth and urbanization, a growing awareness of the harmful health effects of air pollution, noise and lack of exercise. The bike is the best and most accessible means we have to deal with these problems.
For these reasons, the cyclist may never be treated as second class citizens in traffic. However, in practice this is often the case, even in recognized 'bicycle countries' as the Netherlands or Denmark. The rights in this statement summarize what is necessary for the cyclist to get what he or she deserves.
The rights are as much 'technology neutral' formulated. Across the world people cycle under the most varied conditions by people of all ages and all backgrounds. The best way to guarantee those rights varies from place to place. Moreover, what is now the best available solution for a particular issue, will in future be superseded by an even better solution. The notes to the rights show examples of good and bad solutions, but this is for illustration only. The rights themselves argue for the best available solution for any situation, given the specific circumstances.