A cyclist has been blasted after being spotted riding with one hand, and holding a young child in the other, with neither of them wearing a helmet.
The man was dubbed “reckless” after cycling down the narrow Bristol city centre road, lined with parked cars and with the child perched on his hip.
A witness who filmed the pair wearing bright orange jackets but no helmets, guessing the toddler to be around 3-years-old.
The incident, which happened on December 11 on Cotham Hill, has shocked witnesses.
A 52-year-old, who wished to stay anonymous, said: “I was thinking this cannot be for real.
“He was cycling one-handed and the kid didn’t even have a helmet on a busy narrow road. The question is why? Why would you put your child in danger?
“Imagine if he was involved in an accident.”
They also said wearing a helmet should be compulsory for all cyclists.
“When my son was 14, he was cycling home from school and came off his bike, cracking his helmet. That could have been his skull."
While it is not mandatory for cyclists to wear helmets, it is illegal under the Road Traffic Act to carry a passenger on a bike unless it has been designed for purpose.
Jon Usher from cycling charity Sustrans said: “The Highway Code is clear that passengers must not be carried on a cycle, unless it has been specifically built or adapted to carry one.
“We believe that it is a personal choice whether to wear a cycle helmet or not, and for parents to make that choice for their children.
“We believe the best way to increase cycling safety would be to increase the amount of cycling infrastructure that is physically separated from motor traffic, as well as reducing the levels of traffic in residential areas.”
Mr Usher added he believes criminalising cycling without a helmet would discourage cyclists.
However, people on social media were quick to criticise the man's actions.
Nichola Foxwell wrote on Facebook: “As a keen cyclist I can hand on heart say that man should be in serious trouble for endangering a child and cycling without due care and attention.”
Twitter user Red68 added: “Incidents like this one make my blood boil - but very regrettably are typical of the uncaring, dangerous and often ‘couldn’t give a damn’ cycling community in Bristol.
“Please someone in authority take some strong and appropriate action to bring these ne’er do wells under control.”