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Money Saving Expert guy says last time he got a similar reaction was from cabbies when he ran a poll about Uber

Martin Lewis, owner and founder of the website Money Saving Expert, got rather more than he bargained for when he posted a poll on Twitter asking people what they thought of Lord Winston’s call for cyclists to be licensed and insured – likening the response it provoked from some users of the social network to the one he got from members of the black cab trade when he ran a poll about Uber.

Since the Labour peer made his appeal, which has been rejected by the government, the subject has been covered across the national media including newspapers, radio and TV, receiving still more publicity after he claimed to have been assaulted by a woman he says was cycling on the pavement.

Lewis, who has more than half a million followers on Twitter, regularly posts polls to the social network on a whole range of issues, but few provoke the level of response this one has got, with more than 20,000 people having now responded.

He posted the poll this morning as made his way by train to an event in Cardiff – and it looks like dealing with the many replies from both the pro- and anti-cycling Twitterati took up a chunk of his time on the journey. Here’s a selection.

Here is Lewis’s final thought before he signed off Twitter earlier.

As for the poll itself ... well, at the time of writing 19 per cent of respondents said that they are a cyclist and disagreed, while 13 per cent said that they are a cyclist and agree with Lord Winston.

Of the other people replying to Lewis's poll, 14 per cent said they were a non-cyclist but disagreed, while a whopping 54 per cent said that they were a non-cyclist and backed Lord Winston's proposals.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.