June 2017: 200 years since the invention of the "dandy horse"
June 2017 marks 200 years since the invention of the "dandy horse":
In 1817, Karl Drais (German inventor; 29 April 1785 – 10 December 1851) invented and tested his 'Laufmaschine' ("running machine"), which later became known as the 'velocipede', 'draisine' or 'dandy horse'.
The dandy horse was a human-powered vehicle that became the first means of transport to make use of the two-wheeler principle. It is therefore regarded as the forerunner of the modern bicycle.