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Special Exhibition "Balancing acts - 200 years of Cycling" opened in the Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum

2017 is the 200th anniversary of the bicycle. 200 years ago, on June 12, 1817, Karl von Drais made the first ride on his invention called “Laufmaschine” (literally “running machine”) through Mannheim, a town along the EuroVelo 15- Rhine Cycle Route. With this first ride on the dandy horse , the foundation for the bicycle, one of the most popular means of transportation until this day, has been laid. To celebrate this anniversary, many events take place. One of these events is the special exhibition “Balancing acts - 200 years of Cycling”, which opened recently in the Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum in Munich.

It's been 200 years since Baron Karl Friedrich Drais von Sauerbronn, better known as Karl Drais, invented the first two-wheeler, which he called a "running machine". It was the earliest precursor of the bicycle, which remains one of our most important modes of individual transportation today.


The Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum is marking the 200th anniversary of Drais's invention with a special exhibition. This special exhibition was opened in July 2017, it celebrates the many facets of Drais's legacy: the bicycle itself, cycling and of course cyclists.

 

                                                                             


The Balancing Act exhibition presents the ups and downs of cycling from its infancy up to the present day.Along with the history of bicycle technology, it explores cycling culture, the role of the bicycle in everyday transportation today and its potential role in the mobility of the future – not only in our part of the world, but also in Africa, South America and Asia.
With input from the creative agency 'Formation München', the museum was working to depict the exciting history of the bicycle and the diverse world of two-wheeled travel in a richly illustrated presentation with numerous exhibits and exciting stories. The approach includes the involvement of visitors, who are invited to contribute their ideas and opinions and to play an active role in planning the exhibition."


The exhibition is open until the 22nd July 2018 in the Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum in Munich. For more information please visit their website.