Von Sauerbronn, Karl Drais
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Karl Drais von Sauerbronn (1785-1851) was the German inventor of the velocipede, an early form of the bicycle. The maneuverable machine was constructed entirely of wood and had no pedals. The rider straddled a padded saddle and propelled the vehicle with his feet on the ground, similar to how a modern scooter is propelled. Sauerbronn's device was first exhibited in Paris in 1818.
Karl Drais (ADFC Mannheim)
Cutler J. Cleveland (Lead Author);Peter Saundry (Topic Editor) "Von Sauerbronn, Karl Drais". In: Encyclopedia of Earth. Eds. Cutler J. Cleveland (Washington, D.C.: Environmental Information Coalition, National Council for Science and the Environment). [First published in the Encyclopedia of Earth August 18, 2006; Last revised Date August 18, 2006; Retrieved May 20, 2013 <http://www.eoearth.org/article/Von_Sauerbronn,_Karl_Drais>