Riding the wrong way – against traffic – is one of the most hazardous acts for a cyclist. Yet, many inexperienced cyclists do it, chiefly because they believe that being able to see traffic oncoming will allow them to react better.
This is, of course, false. Two objects moving toward each other at any speed will have a more forceful collision than two objects traveling in the same direction. It is also illegal road use in Minnesota.
Which doesn’t explain why when I saw a dude on a bike going the wrong way in the shoulder of Central Avenue shortly after it crosses under US10 in Blaine the cop he rode by had no reaction. That part of Central is a crapshoot at best, but going against traffic there is like waving a neon sign that says I WANT TO DIE K THX.