As an e-biker, I try to be a good citizen on the road. I believe in sharing the road with bikes, transit vehicles and cars, and I always give way to non-motorized cyclists and pedestrians. I make the occasional boneheaded mistake, like everyone else, and I can be forgiving when others do the same.
But I have a line that I draw in the sand: I don’t share the diamond lane with single occupant vehicles during rush hour. Especially when they’re driving luxury cars or SUVs. Or, god forbid, luxury SUVs, which more and more of the ruling class seem to feel they need in order to navigate the wilderness of downtown Toronto.
Cyclists and e-bikers have the right to take up the whole lane on the road if we need it, and other vehicles are supposed to either use the next lane to pass, or at least give a few feet of clearance. The diamond lane I ride on every day has a lot of potholes and uneven patches close to the side of the road, and I feel absolutely no duty to wreck my bike or risk a spill by driving through them so that some jerk who isn’t even supposed to be using the diamond lane can swipe past me with a couple of inches of clearance.
So, I take the lane when I need it. I’ll move closer to the side if I see someone is making an effort to give me space when they pass me, but for single occupant vehicles in the diamond land during rush hour? No quarter.
Don’t like it? Then GTFO of the diamond lane if you’re not supposed to be there.