Bicycle - favourite invention, ever!

Listeners of BBC Radio 4's Today programme have, almost unanimously voted the bicycle their favourite invention ever.

The bicycle received 70% of the vote in the results of an online survey published recently (2/11/2002). The next favoured invention was the radio, with just 5.5% of the vote.

Peter Lewis, LCC's Director says, "We weren't surprised. Of course the general public rate the bicycle - everybody enjoyed riding as a child and many of us still do. The result shows that lots of people see the bicycle as an important invention. What's odd is that actual bicycle usage is way lower than the high proportion of this vote. It illustrates an urgent need for government to work on the next steps - getting people to use those bicycles."