Honest curiosity here, not pointing fingers or trying to start ****. I realize this is a bicycle forum, but I'm curious to get others thoughts from the cyclists perspective.
Why do joggers and runners insist on traveling against traffic, in the shoulder or bike lane of roads? I've heard the argument that it's so they can see cars coming, but wouldn't it open them up to cross traffic not seeing them due to looking the other way not expecting any traffic going the wrong way?
I have had many confused moments when I'm riding in a bike lane and a jogger is coming along toward me. My natural instinct is to go to the right, and they will too, so we can each safely pass. That's what we do in America, we move to the right. Sometimes, though, they try to go to their left, which sets us up for a head on crash. If they do move to their right emphatically, which sometimes happens, they end up playing chicken with traffic.
It just seems like it's not a good idea, by any stretch of the imagination. I'm no more visible than a jogger, and I move with traffic, and the below article states that 50% of bicycle accidents involve a bicycle traveling against traffic, so why is it less (or perceived to be less) dangerous for joggers?