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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.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.