UNITE FOR CAM: Cycling safety advocate's message lives on
AS A grieving family prepares to say their final farewell, the State Government has announced its intention to probe allegations that lax policing has put the lives of countless cyclists at risk.
The Sunshine Coast Daily will campaign along with Catherine Frewer to ensure her husband's death was not in vain.
Cameron Frewer was killed last Monday morning after he was hit by a car while cycling on Caloundra Rd.
The Daily will hold Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey to account, and at the end of the campaign aims to get a pledge from him to better enforce safe passing laws.
A government agency will examine how adequately authorities have enforced a law requiring motorists to leave a safe distance when passing cyclists.
It's a law many, including Mrs Frewer, believe could have prevented the death of Mr Frewer.
"I just feel like not enough was done for Cam, and generally for the cycling community," Mrs Frewer said.
She said since the death of her husband, she has been overwhelmed by the support her family has been shown by the Sunshine Coast community, and cyclists from around the world.
"I feel like I've got this big tidal wave behind me, and everyone's just pushing me forward," she said.
Mr Frewer tirelessly campaigned for better education and enforcement around safe passing laws through his Facebook page, Drive Safe, Pass Wide.
"I knew how passionate he was because of his experiences on the roads," Mrs Frewer said.
"From what I have learned in the last week and a bit ... I'm just more understandable now of where he was trying to go with it."
She said since her husband no longer had his voice, it was now her job to continue his fight.
"What I can do for my heart right now is just speak," she said.
"It's all I can do for Cam, I'm just going to keep fighting, and carry on for what he believed in."
Mr Frewer penned an open letter just days before his death, describing his frustrations with how authorities had handled his complains about road safety in the past.
"Most drivers were ok and passing well, but it's those 10 per cent who weren't," Mrs Frewer said.
"Cam was just getting the message out there. He was never finger pointing or blaming anyone, he was just trying to gently get that message across."
The family of five moved to the Sunshine Coast from Melbourne last year so they could enjoy a more active lifestyle.
"The reason why we moved up here was to be able to feel ok when our kids were on bikes riding to school, to feel safe going for a ride before work," Mrs Frewer said.
But she said driver attitudes were worse on the Coast, even though there was less traffic and more space than Melbourne.
"I just want everyone to be able to feel safe ... and for drivers to be better educated," she said.
"Keep riding, keep driving. Just be aware, the road is there for everybody."