The bicycle makes it into Top Ten Global Inventions of last 150 years

The nominations were made by 1000 listeners to the high-brow Today programme on BBC Radio 4, the radio station that sets the UK's news agenda every day. Ten inventions were nominated. It's good for bicycles to get a mention, but they likely won't win. The other nominations include cars, penicillin, television and the internet. Vote now for your favourite, it's on And vote for the worst invention too - up there with nuclear weapons and car alarms is the Sinclair C5!
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The inventions vote is the Today programme's way of marking the 150th anniversary of The Patent Office.

The call for nominations prompted over a thousand emails with suggestions of inventions from the last century-and-a-half which have proved invaluable to everyday life, as well as those which we would be better off without.

The nominations can be found at:

Vote for the bicycle, says Richard Thomas, CTC's transport campaigner.

"You never know it might make a difference." has done so. Go bikes, go. Our worst invention? Car alarms...

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