Cy­clists in plea for safety

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - CHRIS HONNERY

THE cy­clist com­mu­nity has called for im­me­di­ate ac­tion to bet­ter pro­tect bike rid­ers fol­low­ing rev­e­la­tions of a let­ter penned by a cy­cling safety ad­vo­cate just days be­fore his death.

Bi­cy­cle Queens­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Anne Sav­age will meet with Queens­land’s Trans­port and Po­lice min­is­ters next week to dis­cuss the cre­ation of a Road Safety and Ac­tive Travel Com­mis­sion.

It comes af­ter it was re­vealed pas­sion­ate cy­cling safety cam­paigner Cameron Frewer (pic­tured) wrote a pow­er­ful warn­ing let­ter just days be­fore he was hit and killed in a hor­rific road ac­ci­dent while rid­ing his bike.

The let­ter – writ­ten just four days be­fore his death – de­tailed his frus­tra­tion at in­ac­tion by po­lice to pros­e­cute drivers who failed to leave the re­quired min­i­mum dis­tance when pass­ing him.

Ms Sav­age said au­thor­i­ties had failed the cy­cling com­mu­nity in mak­ing rid­ing safer along roads. “Firstly, we need Safe Pass­ing Laws to be en­forced,” she said. “Au­thor­i­ties have failed us on this. Se­condly, we need in­creased in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture and safe sys­tems for cy­cling. And thirdly, we need much greater in­vest­ment in tar­geted road safety ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness strate­gies — guided by a com­mis­sion of ex­perts and au­thor­i­ties.”

She said driver dis­trac­tion and mo­bile phone use was set to cause a 17 per cent in­crease in Queens­land road fa­tal­i­ties be­tween now and 2030.

“We now await a de­ter­mi­na­tion of what caused the driver to hit and kill one of Aus­tralia’s gen­tle gi­ants of cy­cling ad­vo­cacy,” Ms Sav­age said.

“Of grave con­cern, un­der cur­rent laws ap­pli­ca­ble in this sit­u­a­tion, the po­lice have not been able to im­me­di­ately sus­pend the driver’s li­cence. This is some­thing Bi­cy­cle Queens­land will take up with both Min­is­ters and ad­vo­cate stren­u­ously on.”

Ms Sav­age – a close friend of Mr Frewer – said his fam­ily de­served jus­tice.

“Cameron was an ir­re­press­ible force for good, but the im­pact of this crash was far too cat­a­strophic for any man to sur­vive,” she said.

“We owe his fam­ily jus­tice. Cameron Frewer’s death could have been pre­vented if we had a safe driv­ing cul­ture in this coun­try.”

Cy­clists yes­ter­day took to so­cial me­dia in sup­port of Mr Frewer and urged mo­torists to drive more safely.

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