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Third century of a bicycle

One of the classic means of transport is once again beginning to be promoted as one of the most environmentally friendly alternatives in nowadays city streets crowded with cars – the bicycle

The history of this popular vehicle dates back to the third century of its existence since the German inventor Karl von Drais designed its predecessor, the Laufmaschine.

The exhibition will introduce visitors to the history of the means of transport, which at first found it difficult to find its way to the general public. Later, it became a common part of the daily life of the inhabitants and was also used in several professions. Visitors will be particularly interested in the historic Singer bicycle with a large front wheel dating from the end of the 19th century, as well as the first shared “white bicycle” in Bratislava. An absolute unique, which will celebrate its 100th birthday this year, is a wooden bicycle made at home, on which in 1922 its contractor Matúš Povala completed a trip to work from Orava to Prague.

The exhibition was prepared by the museum in cooperation with students of the Department of Ethnology and Museology at Faculty of Arts of the Comenius University in Bratislava.