History Prev Next 1. The first human powered land vehicle was constructed by Giovanni Fontana in 1418. 2. The term "bicycle" first entered into popular usage in France in the 1860s. Up Next Cycling Tip of the Week: How to Change Lanes and Make Left Turns How to Choose a Bike for College How to Ride a Bike: The Most Basic Cycling Tip of All Is a Fixed Gear Bike Right for You? 3. The prototype of the mountain bike was not developed until 1977.