This day in transportation history

May 21, 2020

May 21, 1819 - The first bicycles in the United States made their debut in New York City. Those bicycles, actually known as “velocipedes” or “swift walkers,” were based on two-wheeled steerable machines that had been designed by Germany’s Baron Karl von Drais and patented just the previous year.

Photo of a velocipede from Wikipedia.



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