Cyclists in plea for safety
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.