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."
BikeBiz.co.uk has done so. Go bikes, go. Our worst invention? Car alarms...