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Walter Furlan is a lifelong cyclist and has ridden his bike in many capacities throughout the world. He was born and raised in Hamilton's east end, where he began to work in the steel mills alongside his father. He attended McMaster part-time in the evening and received a BA in social science. He is now a heritage conservation restorer, assessing and restoring historic buildings and landscapes. He is in training at The School of Restoration Arts at Willowbank in Niagara on the Lake. Walter advocates for those who cycle in this city because of choice or circumstance. He believes in the 8-80 idea: that our streets should be safe for an eight- or eighty-year-old to navigate. He is a former member of the Hamilton Cycling Committee and has served as its chair.
Why We Ride Our Bikes - The car culture is a dead-end model, and as long as this is entrenched in our collective systems and heads it will continue to bear tragic deaths. Published December 06, 2015 in Special Report: Cycling
Queensdale Bike Lane Meeting Disrespectful to Cyclists - Negative anecdotes about cyclists are no basis on which to decide whether to implement a planned bike route as part of an integrated network already approved in the city's Cycling Master Plan. Published April 15, 2010 in Special Report: Cycling