Widow of cycling campaigner killed on the roads hopes his death can bring change

Cameron Frewer had written a letter about road safety just days before his death

Cameron Frewer died after being hit by a vehicle (Photo: Facebook/Cameron Frewer)

The widow of a cycling campaigner killed on the roads said she hopes his death can bring about change.

Dad of three Cameron Frewer, 44, was killed on Monday, November 5 while out riding near his home on the Sunshine Coast in Australia.

Just days before his death Mr Frewer, a passionate cycling campaigner, had penned a letter about road safety and shared his frustration about police who refused to act on dangerous driving.

In an interview with Bicycling Australia, Mr Frewer’s wife Catherine said: “I’m absolutely amazed to read what people have written, the love, the letters, the outpouring and the donations.

“This is going to make a huge impact and a real difference.”

Mrs Frewer says she vows to carry on her husband’s work, but added that she needs to stay strong for their children.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the crash in Queensland after Mr Frewer was reportedly hit by a pick-up truck – no charges have been brought against the driver.

Mr Frewer was pronounced dead at the scene.

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An avid cycling campaigner, Mr Frewer helped launch an anti-close pass campaign in Australia called Safe Pass, Drive Wide.

Just days before his death he also penned an open letter to prominent cycling campaigners, decrying the police response to dangerous driving.

In the letter, Mr Frewer said: “I am hardly the ‘stereotypical’ lycra lout, but I do value my life and I value a law and process that encourages people to use bikes for whatever reason.”

A fundraising page was set up in the wake of Mr Frewer’s death to support his grieving family.

So far more than 300 people have donated, raising almost $23,000 (£17,000).

Mrs Frewer said: “I’m in very much a sad and unimaginable place…it’s very hard to get my head around what has happened.

“But I’m a mum, and the children need me to be strong and not break down.”

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.