A father who used his 12-year-old son as a bicycle seat for a few hours while he was away has been praised by a local community.
A group of cyclists and pedestrians gathered at a local park near the town of Renton to ride around the area on their bicycles for the last few hours of the month.
Mr John Stirling said he had been watching the group ride around Renton when he noticed that his son was riding his tricycle.
“He was very happy, he was just riding along, just cruising along and just riding the way he wanted,” he said.
“And I thought, ‘I wonder if this will be his favourite ride in the morning’.”
Mr Stirling was amazed when the boy jumped into the seat and the bike moved.
“I thought, wow, it was fantastic, the bike is going in and out, he is getting on and off so quickly, he’s so relaxed,” he explained.
“You just kind of go into the back of your mind, ‘He can’t be that happy on a trampoline’.”
Mr Shirling said the boy was a good rider, and it was important to him that his daughter would also enjoy the experience.
“She likes to sit on the side of the bike and ride around, so it’s great that she’s got a great bike to enjoy,” he told ABC News.
Mr Stirlings son also enjoyed riding the tricycle on the weekend.
“There’s a lot of people out there who ride tricycles,” he laughed.
“My son loves it, it’s a great experience, he loves it and he loves to ride it.”
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