I figured I’ll get the ‘bad’ out of the way first for today.
While coming home from downtown, I was traveling along Lake Street (10:15AM). Traffic was actually heavier then usual, the left lane (north bound) had many vehicles trying to turn left into the (Westlake?) plaza.
In my mirror I notice this truck behind me, almost on my fender. I saw a clearing up a head (about 30 metres) in the left lane for him to pass so I sped up.
Then when I look into my mirror again I see he has sped up and is now in the process of passing me.
The front end of the truck was probably a foot at the most from me. When the middle of the truck was beside me he continued to squeeze me further to the right…At this point I just jammed my brakes on, which had I not the rear end would have hit me or had squeezed me directly into the curb.
Fortunately nothing happened in the end, I was aware of what could happen if I swerved right (into the curb) or not braked (under the truck).
8 years of riding a bike, this was by far the worst experience I’ve had AND a reason why I never criticize people who cycle on the sidewalk.
I’d also like to thank the vehicles behind the truck who slowed drastically when this happened, unsure if I was going to fall off.