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Sydney cyclist photographed riding with child clinging to his neck

Rider also had carrier bag dangling from handelbars

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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Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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