Happy 200th birthday, bikes!
The bicycle was first made in Germany, on June 12, 1817, conquering the world and saving the Earth.
The simple two-wheeler, first invented in Germany has evolved into a fast, fun and green machine. As the bicycle continues to evolve, cities welcome their eco-benefits, while riders appreciate their convenience.
The first means of two-wheeled transport was an invention by Germany’s Karl von Drais in 1817. Drais used his Draisine to help himself get around faster. In the pre-pedal era, the protobike was propelled by shuffling the rider’s feet against the ground. The Draisine was eventually perfected to make the modern-day bicycle – a term coined in France in the 1860s.
View more in the latest Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.