In trying to find a definition of wanton and furious cycling

I think that wanton and furious cycling just means ‘riding like a cunt’

Err, yes, that sounds about right.

And so when do we get the offence of wanton and furious politicking?

Actually, can we expand that to wanton and furious existing?

16 thoughts on “In trying to find a definition of wanton and furious cycling”

  1. Wanton means “deliberate and unprovoked” and furious in this case means “full of anger or energy; violent or intense” according to the OED. So if you’re purposely riding your bike in a violent or intense manner and you injure or kill someone then you can be charged with wanton and furious cycling.

    The only slight problem with the existing law is that you don’t actually have to report a collision between a cyclist and a pedestrian, which is the only thing the law gets used for these days – although it could equally apply to hoverboards, segways and whatever else might one day become equivalent to bikes in the eyes of the law.

  2. @Rob Moss:

    Ah, cheers for that. I thought that it was in the same bucket as “killing a Scotsman on a Sunday with a crossbow” and that cases like the one you linked to were covered under a more modern law.

  3. As I understand it, the charge of wanton and furious driving (or cycling) is relevant only when there has been injury caused by wanton and furious driving:

    ‘The wording of S35 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (as amended by the Criminal Justice Act 1948 (c. 58), s. 1(2)) is as follows:

    “Drivers of carriages injuring persons by furious driving Whosoever, having the charge of any carriage or vehicle, shall by wanton or furious driving or racing, or other wilful misconduct, or by wilful neglect, do or cause to be done any bodily harm to any person whatsoever, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and being convicted thereof shall be liable, at the discretion of the court, to be imprisoned for any term not exceeding two years.”’

  4. I always thought ‘wanton’ was a sexual thing. That’s what I learnt from the Adrian Mole book when I was a child.

  5. Unrestrained, not necessarily sexually.

    “As flies to wanton boys are we to th’ gods, they kill us for their sport.”

  6. “And so when do we get the offence of wanton and furious politicking?”
    We don’t. The term for that is ‘business as usual’. c/f “bunch of cunts”.

    And I like my wantons deep fried and crispy.

  7. I loathe cyclists who ride on pavements, who skip red lights and who ride three-abreast on country roads. Once, strolling near my Cambridge flat, I crossed a very narrow foot bridge over a stream where there are signs saying clearly: Cyclists dismount. Crossing the bridge, I met a wanton and furious cyclist in lycra, who demanded I stand aside. I politely refused, pointing out he should dismount. After a torrent of unimaginative abuse, he started to become violent, so I yielded. Hanging is too good for them!

  8. When I have been in the Isle of Man for the TT one of the things the bobbies throw at you is “furious driving”. Which seems to be for something were you are going fast on the unlimited sections of road, maybe using all of it, but you haven’t been careless or dangerous.

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