I was just reading through a thread in the Commuting Forum that discussed some of the dangerous (and deadly) behaviors some of our more cereberally-challenged cycling brethren (and sisteren) practice while out on the roads. Besides the tragically common error of riding without a helmet, probably the next most-popular transgression of common sense is riding in the wrong direction in relation to vehicle traffic.
Although it's a stupid practice, I seem to recall being told as a kid (I'm 46 now) that this was the proper way to ride... Anyone else have that experience? And if you did, who told you? Was a Boy Scout thing (I believe I heard that once)?
As a child I simply rode around the neighborhood or to school on my Schwinn Stingray (about 3/4 mile - all on residential streets). Never mixed it up with cars on major thoroughfares. Later, in college, I rode my Raleigh Competition GS 10-speed with a bunch of guys who knew what they were doing. I learned bike etiquette and how to ride in traffic THEN.
Can we attribute some of this wrong-way behavior as the result of an old-school teaching of something that was once considered proper? Clue me in, because I really don't remember!