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A motorist in Sydney has spoken of her shock at seeing a cyclist in rush-hour traffic with a small child clinging to his neck.

The driver, who did not wish to disclose her name, sent a photograph of the pair taken at 6pm on Tuesday evening to Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph.

A link to the newspaper's article showing the picture, in which a shopping bag can also be seen dangling from the handlebars of the bike, was posted to Twitter by UK-based advanced driving instructor Peter Owen.

The woman who took the picture told the newspaper: “The child looked to be about four years old.

“All I could think was imagine if they hit a bump and how long can he hold on like that for, he was tiny!”

She added that law-breaking motorists in the area were also a concern.

“It’s so dangerous, especially in that part of the city and during peak hour when cars around me are running red lights.”

A spokesman for New South Wales police said: “It is obviously disappointing and dangerous when bicycle riders are non-compliant with helmet matters.

 “It is more alarming when a child’s safety is also compromised in a manner such as this,” he added.

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Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.