‘Irresponsible pillock’ cycled with child under one arm and not wearing helmets

This cyclist has been blasted for putting lives at risk after using one hand to hold the handlebar and the other to hold a young child.

Neither of them wore any helmets as they drifted through a narrow street in Bristol city centre lined with parked cars.

Towards the end of the clip a silver Honda can be seen pulling out on the other side of the road, just as the man cycles nonchalantly past it.

A witness who saw the incident on December 11 said they were shocked and thought this ‘cannot be for real’.

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He added: ‘He was cycling one-handed and the kid didn’t even have a helmet on a busy narrow road.

This cyclist has been slammed after he was filmed riding with one hand on the handlebar and the other holding a young CHILD - with neither wearing a helmet. See SWNS story SWBRhelmet. The ''reckless'' man nonchalantly cycled down a narrow city centre road lined with parked cars, holding the young child perched on his hip. Towards the end of the video clip, a silver Honda vehicle can be seen pulling out of a parking bay on the other side of the narrow road, just as the man cycles past it. The man and young child - estimated to be around three years old by a witness who filmed them - wore matching orange jackets, but neither had a helmet on.
The cyclist has been slammed as ‘irresponsible and reckless’ (Picture: SWNS)

‘The question is why? Why would you put your child in danger? Imagine if he was involved in an accident.’

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After seeing the incident during a pleasant stroll on Cotham Hill, the 52-year-old witness, who did not want to be named, called for helmets to be made compulsory for all cyclists.

He added: ‘When my son was 14, he was cycling home from school and he came off his bike, cracking his helmet.

‘That could have been his skull. That’s why I am always like, ‘Wear a helmet for God’s sake.’

It is not mandatory for cyclists to wear a helmet, but it is illegal under the Road Traffic Act to carry a passenger on a bike unless it has been specially designed or adapted.

Although the bike in the video did not fit that description the witness did not report the incident to police.

People on social media blasted the man as ‘irresponsible’ and and said he was ‘endangering’ the child’s life.

This cyclist has been slammed after he was filmed riding with one hand on the handlebar and the other holding a young CHILD - with neither wearing a helmet. See SWNS story SWBRhelmet. The ''reckless'' man nonchalantly cycled down a narrow city centre road lined with parked cars, holding the young child perched on his hip. Towards the end of the video clip, a silver Honda vehicle can be seen pulling out of a parking bay on the other side of the narrow road, just as the man cycles past it. The man and young child - estimated to be around three years old by a witness who filmed them - wore matching orange jackets, but neither had a helmet on.
A shocked witness who filmed the incident asked why he would put the child in danger (Picture: SWNS)

Writing on Facebook Nicholas Foxwell said: ‘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.

‘It’s people like this that give us cyclist a bad name.’

Terry Nichols added: ‘What an irresponsible pillock. He should be prosecuted for dangerous riding and endangering the life of a minor.’

Head of partnerships at cycling charity Sustrans Jon Usher said: ‘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.

This cyclist has been slammed after he was filmed riding with one hand on the handlebar and the other holding a young CHILD - with neither wearing a helmet. See SWNS story SWBRhelmet. The ''reckless'' man nonchalantly cycled down a narrow city centre road lined with parked cars, holding the young child perched on his hip. Towards the end of the video clip, a silver Honda vehicle can be seen pulling out of a parking bay on the other side of the narrow road, just as the man cycles past it. The man and young child - estimated to be around three years old by a witness who filmed them - wore matching orange jackets, but neither had a helmet on.
The man was accused of giving other cyclists a bad name (Picture: SWNS)

‘Parents should, of course, always ensure that their children are safe and feel safe when they are cycling together.

‘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.’

Guidance on Sustrans’ website says while helmets are beneficial, they don’t prevent collisions from happening in the first place.

It adds: ‘Therefore, we strongly support and focus our work on measures that help create and maintain a safe cycling environment to reduce collisions taking place.

‘Legislating to make cycle helmets compulsory can discourage people from cycling.’

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The charity points to a 36% drop in cycling in the year after helmets were made mandatory for cyclists in New South Wales, Australia.

It said around 136,000 New Zealanders, nearly 4% of the country’s population, stopped cycling after similar legislation was introduced in 1994.

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Bristol – Metro