A Queensland father of three, who devoted his spare time to making roads safer for cyclists, has been struck and killed while riding on the Sunshine Coast after a disturbing premonition one year earlier.
Cameron Frewer left his home in Little Mountain early Monday morning in what would be his final ride. Just before 6am he was struck by a utility vehicle while travelling down Caloundra Road.
Paramedics’ attempts to revive the 44-year-old were unsuccessful and he died at the scene.
Speaking to Yahoo7 News last year, Mr Frewer revealed his concerns for Australia’s broader cycling community, and revealed the reason his bike is fitted with cameras .
“The main reason [I film my rides] is to have evidence on record when the day finally comes that I am hit. Not if. But when,” he said.
It was these same concerns that saw the birth of ‘Drive Safe, Pass Wide’ – a campaign to raise awareness and encourage “the safe and responsible passing of vulnerable road users”.
Despite donning a lycra suit, Mr Frewer said he was far from an expert when it came to the world of cycling. After purchasing his first road bike in 2012, he realised the inherent dangers associated with his leisurely pastime.
Ensuring his bike was always fitted with front and rear safety cameras, he started to share his near misses online and with his local Beerwah Police Station.
Determined to improve the safety standards for Australian cyclists, Mr Frewer spent his spare time advocating for change, working alongside close friend and Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage.
“Cameron was one of Australia’s fiercest advocates on safe cycling,” Ms Savage told Bicycling Australia.
“I don’t have the words to describe how I feel today. My thoughts are with his devastated wife and children right now. He fought every day of his life to make Australian roads safer for cyclists.
“This is the darkest of hours.”
His highly respected Facebook was flooded with tributes, as mourners expressed their shock at his passing.
We’ve lost one of biggest safety advocates in the most tragic circumstances. RIP Cameron.
This is completely devastating news. I have been following Cameron's work as he championed cyclist awareness. This could…
Investigators are appealing to any members of the public who witnessed Mr Frewer’s incident, or who may have dash-cam vision to contact police on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.