Loved dad’s ‘angel bike’ keeps his legacy alive
CAMERON Frewer’s legacy is set to live on for generations as his wife applies to have a special memorial installed at his favourite place.
Catherine Frewer is applying to Sunshine Coast Council to have an “angel bike” and a plaque put in place at Ballinger Beach Park in Currimundi.
The now all-white bike was the first serious road bike the cycling safety advocate bought. But now it will serve as a special reminder of his lasting legacy and educate residents on the importance of road safety.
Mrs Frewer said Ballinger Beach Park was a “special” place to remember Cameron, as he would often go there to walk their much-loved dog Herbie and spend time with his three children.
“It’s a beautiful spot but it’s also a reminder to anyone … that this is another wasted life,” she said. “Another special life that’s gone through someone’s very wrong actions.”
Mrs Frewer will never stop fighting to keep her husband’s legacy alive, but having the memorial put at his favourite place was one of her main missions since his death.
Cameron was hit and killed on Caloundra Rd in November 2018 while on a morning ride.
John Joseph Taylor has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, and driving with a relevant drug in his system. He is in custody awaiting a sentencing date.
Mrs Frewer said the beach was a more “fitting” place for Cameron’s “angel bike”, rather than the Caloundra Rd crash site.
“It’s safer for myself, the kids and the dog, and anyone else who wants to stop and pay their respects,” she said.
“It’s somewhere were Cam always wanted to go — every day, almost twice a day. It was very special to him, and it is to us still now, so it’s the perfect spot.”
The former partner of Stephen Small, who was killed while riding home in Doonan in 2016, said bike memorials were a good reminder “how easily someone’s life can be taken from such a stupid mistake”.
“Rather than just putting crosses everywhere, I think that the ghost bikes really do represent a group … that should have every right to be on the road safely,” she said.