Cameron Frewer’s Legacy
One in five Aussie drivers admit to making cyclists the target of road rage. But the tragic death of bike safety campaigner Cameron Frewer has shone a light on everything that’s wrong with our roads.
Just weeks ago, 44-year-old Cameron Frewer was out for a morning bike ride when he was hit by a car travelling at about 100km per hour. He died instantly.
A passionate cyclist and a fierce advocate of safe cycling, Cameron Frewer lead a campaign to enforce laws requiring motorists to leave a 1m gap when passing a bike.
The cameras strapped to Cameron’s bike show just how many terrifying near misses he endured before his tragic death.
“We knew that that was going on. He used to share the clips of his cycling,” Peter Frewer, Cameron’s father, told The Project.
“We were worried about him all the time because we knew how much he did but we just had to rely on his sense of safety, of looking after himself.”
He was only 44, we looked forward to seeing him whenever we could, I hope this sends a big lesson to everybody
Bicycle QLD CEO Anne Savage says that the methods used to keep the roads safe for cyclists right now are “simply not good enough”.
“What we’ve seen in QLD is a culture of non-enforcement, reinforcing a culture of complacency on the part of drivers so you know, officer discretion in not enforcing the law has often resulted in driver discretion in not obeying it.” Anne stated.
“I think roads have been handed over to cars but they certainly are retro-fittable so that they are suitable for bikes…and if we do that and we make our roads safer for everybody, you can encourage a transport system that can be congestion free, safe, healthy and convenient for people to use. You want to make cycling safe? Make driving safe and I’ll be ok. It’s as simple as that. Look out for me on the road. It’s not hard.”
Over the past 12 months, cyclist fatalities have increased by 80%. Passing too closely is the most common incident type, accounting for nearly half of all collisions.
Since the laws were introduced state by state, over the past couple of years, fewer than one ticket per week has been issued to motorists who fail to leave the 1 metre gap.
Cameron’s wife Catherine Frewer says Cameron wrote many letters, while also sending footage from his cameras, hoping to enact change.
“A lot of the time it was just verbal warning or excuses like maybe you shouldn’t have been on the road Mr Frewer, buy yourself and exercise bike or maybe Mr Frewer you should just stay off those fast roads, maybe bike riding just isn’t for you,” Catherine told The Project.
“I’m going to keep doing this for him, I’m his voice, keep his legacy going, no-one’s seen the back of me. It’s the least I can do for him”
Cameron’s friends and family are determined to make sure his message lives on.
Police are awaiting test results before the driver is charged. He’s still driving the roads.
Watch The Project 6.30 tonight to see our story on Cameron’s Legacy.