I was coming home last night and the winds were kicking up with the gusts here in T.O. When I got home to check the weather report it said the winds were 50ish kph but I suspect the gusts were around 80kph.
So I'm riding along home with my new planet bike superflash (and it's bright) and I noticed I get a bit more respect now. I don't get buzzed as much and the cars more tend to take to the left lane or give me that ~2ft passing space. I've had a couple cars drive then slow down a bit to check the light out. Thankfully the occupants inside looked more family friendly people then hostiles I've encountered before. So as I'm getting to the last 2km home I changed direction and now the winds are crosswinds then headwind I was fighting before. Just as a van was buzzing the winds kicked up and pushed me almost into the van as I swerved back to the curb to regain control (or worst case I wanted to fall curb side then outside lane so I was shifting all my weight to the right).
Well this is the first time I've dealt with high winds like this and a near wind blow over spill. I just thought I'd talk about it. I already slowed down when the winds were kicking up but still I almost got blowed over. I think next time I'm in a situation like that it would be better to take the sidewalk for your own safety (even if it costs you a ticket if your city does not permit you). Anyways, just my experience. Perhaps other can chime in on thier wind experience and how they dealt with it? I've heard that downtown T.O you can be charged for riding on the sidewalk but up in the 'burbs it's rather a once in a blue moon thing.