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For well over a hundred years, people have hopped on bicycles for transportation, recreation, competition, and more. In many parts of the world, spinning pedals moves goods and generates electricity. While usually attached to two wheels, pedal power takes many forms, adapting to a wide range of needs. Globally, over 100 million bicycles are produced every year - over 60% of them in China - easily doubling world production of automobiles. Efficient, clean, and cheap, pedal power in all its forms can solve modern problems with basic technology, and offers a health benefit to those cranking away. And it's hard to beat the simple joy of riding a bike. Gathered here are images of people around the world as we pedal for a reason, or just because. -- Lane Turner (49 photos total)
A boy rides his bicycle near rice fields in Bago, Myanmar on February 20, 2012. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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TUNING UP: A South Sudanese soldier played the trumpet during a parade rehearsal in Juba Thursday, two days before South Sudan is scheduled to formally secede from the north to become the world’s newest nation. (Phil Moore/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

SHOULDER TO LEAN ON: A relative helped Yogesh Kumar, 20, Thursday, inside the emergency ward of the District Hospital in Etah, India.Thirty-eight people were killed and almost 40 others were injured when a train slammed into a packed bus carrying a wedding party, local officials said. (Manan Vatsyayana/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

BABY-FACE: Indonesian artists made a clay sculpture of a child in preparation for Yogyakarta Art Festival in Java, Indonesia, Thursday. The festival will be held July 16. (Slamet Riyadi/Associated Press)

SWAMPY: A fisherman cleaned up seaweed at his fish farm Wednesday in Shandong Province, China. (ChinaFotoPress/Zuma Press)

JOY: A rebel celebrated the liberation of the Libyan town of al-Qawalish by hoisting his bicycle in the air. In the background, smoke rose from a power station being shelled by retreating soldiers loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi. (Gaia Anderson/Associated Press)

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