Monday, August 27, 2012

First International Metro Surfing Meeting

A new extreme and illegal sport, known as train surfing, is sweeping Russia's capital. Dozens of young daredevils risk their lives to fight daily boredom and brighten their leisure. The craze involves riding on top or at the side of fast moving carriages, clinging on with their hands or with the aid of a belt.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Battle for Aleppo intensifies Syrian conflict

With 200,000 fleeing Aleppo, fighting in Syria intensified in the 16-month long struggle opposing the rule of Bashar al-Assad. While fighting still grips Homs after a brutal siege, the conflict has moved north to finally include commercial hub Aleppo - largely spared until now - a city of over two million. Both the Syrian army and the rebel Free Syrian Army claim advances in the battle for Aleppo, which began in earnest over the weekend. More pockets of conflict rage in other locations within Syria as well. Gathered here are images made available in the last week from Syria, where independent news coverage has been limited and difficult. Some of the images are from third parties and transmitted without confirmation via international wire services as they were received.

A portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad burns during clashes between rebels and Syrian troops in Selehattin, near Aleppo, on July 23, 2012. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/GettyImages)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Olympics 2012: Opening ceremonies

Olympics 2012: Opening ceremonies

The Olympic caulmdron is lit during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27 at the Olympic stadium in London (Cameron Spencer/AFP/GettyImages)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ramadan 2012 begins

All over the world Muslims have begun their holiest month of the year by fasting from dawn until dusk each day, broken each evening by large, communal meals. The start of Ramadan is earlier each year because it is calculated based on the sighting of the new moon, which begins the Muslim lunar month. Muslims use the time to reevaluate their lives through the scope of Islamic doctrine.

A Palestinian reads from the Koran during the dawn prayer on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in the West Bank city of Jenin on July 20. Muslims from Morocco to Afghanistan are steeling themselves for the toughest Ramadan in more than three decades with no food or drink, not even a sip of water, for 14 hours a day during the hottest time of the year. (Mohammed Ballas/Associated Press)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Aurora Colorado theater shooting

Shock, misery, and anger rose after a madman went on a rampage at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. on Friday night. The meticulously-planned killing spree was carried out with cold efficiency as at least 70 people were shot, 12 of them fatally, in the suburban multiplex with a variety of guns. Several more remain in hospital in critical condition. Details of the gunman's weaponry, body armor, and booby-trapped apartment continue to shock and dismay as more information becomes public. The theater had been showing a midnight premiere of the new Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises". Several of the pictures below depict intense personal grief. Also included here are images of the crime scene, the investigation, and memorial services.

Storm clouds gather above a memorial for the victims in the shooting across the street from the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo. on July 22, 2012. (Ed Andrieski/Associated Press)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Downpour and drought

An unexpected downpour briefly drenched parts of the US this week, while most of the central and southern United States continued to experience drought conditions - expected to be the most expansive drought in a half century. In the South, 14 states are now baking in blast-furnace conditions - from Arizona, which is battling the largest wildfire in its history, to Florida, where fires have burned some 200,000 acres so far. More than 70 percent of the nine-state Midwest was in some stage of drought this week. More extreme heat and scant rains were expected in the area, suggesting the poorest crop conditions since the historic 1988 drought. The visual documentation of the breadth and depth of the current drought conditions has just begun. This is a small sampling of images, expect much more storytelling to come in the weeks ahead.

People walk through heavy rain at Times Square in New York, July 18, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wildfires in western US

The western United States continues to battle a ferocious wildfire season that has seen record-breaking fires in several states. The worst of the blazes is the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado, blamed for two deaths, for forcing 35,000 residents to evacuate, and for the destruction of at lest 346 homes. The area around Colorado Springs has been declared a federal disaster area after the most destructive fire in state history. Wildfires have also destroyed property and forced evacuations in California, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and New Mexico. [Editors' note: There will be no Big Picture on the Wednesday, July 4 holiday.]

The Waldo Canyon fire burns an entire neighborhood near the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colo. on June 26, 2012. Colorado endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post/Associated Press)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Extraordinary Microscope Photographs

The Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition winners are currently on display at the New York Hall of Science. This competition, in its ninth year, is a dynamic international photo competition which honors the world's most extraordinary microscope images and videos of biological subjects. The Olympus BioScapes exhibit will be on display through August 31st. You can see the winners and many honorable mentions on the Olympus Bioscapes web site.

FIRST PLACE - Specimen: Rotifer Floscularia ringens feeding. Its rapidly beating cilia (hair-like structures) bring water-containing food to the rotifer. Technique: Differential interference contrast microscopy. (Charles Krebs/Issaquah, Washington, USA)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Euro 2012 Soccer Championship, Part 2: The action

It’s been an action-packed tournament, to soccer fans’ delight, with more than two dozen matches played in Poland and the Ukraine during the European 2012 Soccer Championship. It’s down to four teams from the sixteen that qualified, and the final match will be played July 1 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.

Ukrainian forward Andriy Voronin (right) vies with Swedish defender Andreas Granqvist during the Euro 2012 championships soccer match between Ukraine and Sweden on June 11 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. Ukraine won 2-1. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Monday, July 16, 2012

LGBT Pride events

Events celebrating and protesting LGBT rights took place in many parts of the world in the last several months. Pride parades were met with violence or intimidation in Russia, Georgia, and Albania while other places saw wild street parties. Three million people celebrated on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, often considered the biggest Pride event in the world. Activists in Uganda and Chile sought to change laws, while in the United States Barack Obama became the first American president to endorse same-sex marriage. Gathered here are pictures from events related to gay rights issues, LGBT Pride celebrations, and the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Mark Wilson carries a rainbow flag during San Francisco's 42nd annual gay pride parade on June 24, 2012. Organizers said more than 200 floats, vehicles and groups of marchers took part in the parade. (Noah Berger/Associated Press)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

National Geographic Traveler Magazine: 2012 Photo Contest

The 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is in full swing. The entry deadline has been extended until July 11. The four categories include: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. Last year's contest drew nearly 13,000 images from all over the world. The pictures are as diverse as their authors, capturing an assortment of people, places and wildlife - everything that makes traveling so memorable, evoking a sense of delight and discovery. The following post includes a small sampling of the entrant's work, taken from the editor's picks in each of the categories. (The captions are written by the entrants, some slightly corrected for readability.) And for fun, take a look back at the winners from 2011 at National Geographic Traveler.

SPONTANEOUS MOMENTS - Marrakech Traveler: It was mid-morning and he must have wanted to ride into the light. I was shooting for the ABC TV show Born to Explore when I snapped this photo. (John Barnhardt/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

World Refugee Day 2012

Today marks World Refugee Day, which the United Nations uses to raise awareness of the plight of the estimated 42 million displaced people worldwide. A UN report released this week showed that 800,000 people were forced to flee across borders last year

A Myanmar ethnic Rohingya child preparing for a midday prayer on April 23 inside a community school in Klang, a port town 30 kilometres west of Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is observing World Refugee Day along with other countries of the world, there are over 98,000 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Malaysia. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Euro 2012 Soccer Championship, part one: The fans

Some happy, some sad, at times cheering or even fighting, fans of soccer are absorbed in the European 2012 Soccer Championship. Sixteen nations made it to the final tournament being held in Poland and the Ukraine with the final match to be played on July 1 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.

A soccer fan soaks up the atmospshere ahead of the Euro 2012 soccer championship group D match between Ukraine and Sweden at The Olympic Stadium on June 11 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

ImageShack betrayed us.

ImageShack betrayed us. 

It is almost the only hosting server of Lollitop’s photos. Unfortunately there is no time to publish new articles until we move on new server. 

So… keep in touch because new articles are coming some days later.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Hellas - Germany Euro (some ages ago)

Transit of Venus

For all, it was surely a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view the planet Venus as it made its transit past the sun these past two days within view of millions of people on Earth. The last Venus transit was in 2004, and the next pair of events will not happen again until the years 2117 and 2125

In this composite image provided by NASA, the SDO satellite captures the path sequence of the transit of Venus across the face of the sun at on June 5-6 as seen from space. The last transit was in 2004 and the next pair of events will not happen again until the year 2117 and 2125. (NASA via Getty Images)

A girl reacts as she uses a pair of eclipse glasses to watch Venus passing the sun in Kolkata, India on June 6. The planet Venus made a slow transit across the face of the sun on Tuesday, the last such passing that will be visible from Earth for 105 years. (Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)

A plane flies under a thin layer cloud crossing the sun as Venus moves past the sun are seen through a coelostat at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles on June 5. (Gene Blevins/Reuters)

Professor Hashim Ahmed Yousif al-Sayed, dean of the College of Science at the University of Bahrain, points out the planet Venus passing the sun as seen through a telescope projected on paper to a small group of spectators gathered, not pictured, at the campus of a university in Sakhir, Bahrain on June 6. People around the world turned their attention to the daytime sky on Tuesday and early Wednesday in Asia to make sure they caught the rare sight of the transit of Venus. (Hasan Jamali/Associated Press)

A visitor photographs a live image of Venus moving past the sun showing through a coelostat at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles on June 5. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

Planet Venus, pictured as a black dot, is seen in transit across the Sun in New Delhi, India on June 6. Sky-gazers around the world held up their telescopes and viewing glasses to watch a once-in-a-lifetime event as Venus slid across the sun. (Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)

Astronomer and Vice President for Planning and Development of Bahrain University, Waheeb Essa al-Naser, (fourth left) watches the planet Venus pass the sun, with a small group of spectators at the university in Sakhir, Bahrain on June 6. (Hasan Jamali/Associated Press)

Indians watch the projection of the transit of Venus against the Sun in New Delhi, India on June 6. People around the world turned their attention to the daytime sky on Tuesday and early Wednesday in Asia to make sure they caught the rare sight of the transit of Venus. (Manish Swarup/Associated Press)

Planet Venus, pictured as a black dot, is seen in transit across the Sun at sunrise in Kathmandu on June 6. Sky-gazers around the world held up their telescopes and viewing glasses to watch a once-in-a-lifetime event as Venus slid across the sun. (Prakash Mathhema/AFP/Getty Images)

Elementary school students gather to watch the projection of Venus crossing the sun in Kobe, western Japan on June 6. From the U.S. to South Korea, people around the world turned their attention to the daytime sky on Tuesday and early Wednesday in Asia to make sure they caught the rare sight of the transit of Venus. The next one won't be for another 105 years. (Kyodo News via Associated Press)

Venus moves across the sun during the transit in Sydney, Australia on June 6. People around the world turned their attention to the daytime sky on Tuesday and early Wednesday in Asia to make sure they caught the rare sight of the transit of Venus. (Rob Griffith/Associated Press)

Venus begins to cross the sun's face during the transit of Venus on June 5 as seen from the west side of Manhattan in New York. Astronomers around the world are training their telescopes on the skies to watch Venus pass in front of the sun, a once-in-a-lifetime event that will not be seen for another 105 years. (Stan Hond/AFP/Getty Images)

South Korean primary school students wearing masks with solar viewers watch Venus passing between the sun and the Earth at the Gwacheon National Science Museum in Gwacheon, south of Seoul on June 6. (Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters)

The planet Venus is seen in transit across the Sun during sunrise in Sofia, Bulgaria on June 6. (Nikolay Doychinov/AFP/Getty Images)

A bird sits atop one of the domes of the landmark Taj Mahal as Venus begins to pass in front of the sun, as visible from Agra, India on June 6. People around the world turned their attention to the daytime sky on Tuesday and early Wednesday in Asia to make sure they caught the rare sight of the transit of Venus. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)

A man looks through a telescope (left) early on June 6 to see the transit of Venus across the Sun in the countryside outside the Belarus capital Minsk. Sky-gazers around the world held up today their telescopes and viewing glasses to watch Venus slide across the sun. (AFP/Getty Images)

An image provided by NASA, the SDO satellite captures a ultra-high definition image of the Transit of Venus across the face of the sun on June 6 from space. The last transit was in 2004 and the next pair of events will not happen again until the year 2117 and 2125. (NASA)

Jose Borrero, of Grand Rapids, adjusts his telescope to watch the transit of Venus from the top of the Grand Rapids Public Museum parking garage on June 5 in Grand Rapids, Mich. "It's a cool event," he said. Borrero is a member of the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press va Associated Press)

Students use a welding mask and eclipse glasses to watch Venus passing between the Sun and the Earth in Luneta park in Manila, Philippines on June 6. (Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

Venus is silhouetted as it crosses in front of the sun as it sets behind the Kansas City, Mo. skyline on June 5. From the U.S. to South Korea, people around the world turned their attention to the daytime sky on Tuesday and early Wednesday in Asia to make sure they caught the once-in-a-lifetime sight of the transit of Venus, which won't be seen for another 105 years. (Charlie Riedel/Assocaited Press)

A Lebanese man looks through a protective viewing filter sheet as he watches the transit of the planet Venus moving across the sun, in Beirut, Lebanon on June 6. (Hussein Malla/Associated Press)

Schoolchildren look at the planet Venus transiting across the sun at Sydney's Observatory on June 6. (Daniel Munoz/Reuters)

An image provided by NASA, the SDO satellite captures a ultra-high definition image of the Transit of Venus across the face of the sun at on June 5 from space. The last transit was in 2004 and the next pair of events will not happen again until the year 2117 and 2125. (NASA)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Pedal power

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.

A boy rides his bicycle near rice fields in Bago, Myanmar on February 20, 2012. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Team Spain competes in the men's team pursuit qualifying during the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships at Hisense Arena on April 4, 2012 in Melbourne. (Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

Men pedal a bicycle crank pump to refuel cars at the site of a gas station in the earthquake- and tsunami-destroyed town of Minamisanriku, Japan. (David Guttenfelder/Associated Press)

A rebel with a bicycle celebrates the liberation of al-Qawalish, Libya, after six hours of battle. Smoke rises from a power station shelled by retreating government soldiers. (Gaia Anderson/Associated Press)

Congolese boys push a Chikudu (wooden bicycle) as they transport goods to the market of Mushaki, Democratic Republic of Congo on December 4, 2011. Chikudus are as much a source of local pride as they are a part of the local economy. Formal jobs are rare here, and crafting chikudus is a skilled and prestigious occupation. Chikudus are the brainchild of desperate improvisation. Before they overtook the dusty foot paths and rocky roads of eastern Congo, men carried produce to market in wheelbarrows. No one is certain when chikudus were invented, or by whom, but locals agree they appeared after independence from colonial Belgium in 1960. By then bicycles and motorcycles had reached Congo, and chikudu makers tried to replicate their functionality. (Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images)

A major snow storm brought blizzard conditions to the Boston area on January 12, 2011, but it didn't interrupt Marvin Wang's bike commute. (Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)

Indian schoolgirls ride on a bicycle rickshaw during a break in the monsoon rains near the Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi on August 5, 2011. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)

Mechanical Engineer Daniel Ratner demonstrates the StreetView Trike used as a mapping resource by the StreetView team at Google in Mountain View, Calif. on April 12, 2011. Ratner created the prototype for the bicycle. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

Dutch-speaking Leon Zoetebier (right) and French-speaking Franz Coquidor bicycle in opposite directions in the streets of Brussels on January 27, 2011 to highlight Belgium's problems bridging the gulf between the Dutch-speaking north and French-speaking south. (Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images)

Acrobats stack themselves up on a bicycle during a celebration for the new year in Beijing on December 31, 2011. (Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman rides on the handlebars of a bicycle as she takes part in May Day protests organized by the Occupy Toronto and the No One Is Illegal groups in Toronto on May 1, 2012. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

A Thai man rides with his son on a custom-built tricycle designed for floodwaters in Bangkok on October 28, 2011 as the Chao Phraya river coursing through the capital swelled to record highs. (Aaron Favila/Associated Press)

Paul Reubens, in character as Pee-wee Herman, arrives via bicycle on water to receive the Visionary Award at the 2011 Scream Awards on October 15, 2011 in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello/Associated Press)

Biological analyst Alan Dowden of the Seattle Sperm Bank rides the Sperm Bike, a custom-designed, high-tech bicycle used to deliver donated sperm to fertility clinics in Seattle on November 8, 2011. (Anthony Bolante/Reuters)

One of many Velomobiles, recumbent bicycles with sleek, colorful outer shells, heads for the open road in Portland, Ore. on July 28, 2011. Twenty five riders rode to Washington D.C. to spread the message that sustainable, clean transportation can be fun. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)

An employee of Japan's Murata Manufacturing Co. presents the company's bicycle-riding robot "Murata Seisaku-kun" at an electronics show in Chiba, Japan on October 4, 2011. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

An elderly Chinese man rides his micro-bike in Beijing on October 22, 2011. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Zhang Yali tests a giant bicycle designed and made by him and his friends in Jilin, China on December 25, 2011. The bike weighs over a ton. (China Daily/Reuters)

German bike designer Dieter "Didi" Senft, aka El Diabolo during the Tour de France, presents his latest bicycle invention, the so-called '111-twelve-teeth-rake-bicycle' in Storkow, Germany on March 12, 2012. The bicycle is made of 111 garden rakes. (Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images)

A young visitor admires a model of a solar bicycle on display at the 2011 Taipei World Design Expo on October 22, 2011. (Patrick Lin/AFP/Getty Images)

A man lies on the ground surrounded by candles to symbolize cyclists being hit by vehicles during an annual cycling tour in honor of bikers killed in road accidents in Mexico City on May 18, 2011. 24,000 cyclists die in road accidents throughout Mexico each year. (Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters)

Cyclists take part in the "World Naked Bike Ride" in Sao Paulo on March 10, 2012. The event aims to defend the right of cyclists to ride on the streets in safety. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)

Cyclists wear costumes on the 13th Tour of the Fireflies in suburban Pasig, Philippines on April 17, 2011. The event aimed to promote environmental awareness and push bicycle riding as a means to minimize pollution. (Aaron Favila/Associated Press)

Cyclists stand behind their foldable bicycles as they prepare to ride along Victoria Harbour in support of a new cycle path in Hong Kong on December 17, 2011. (Antony Dickson/AFP/Getty Images)

Pickwick Bicycle club members stand near Charles Dickens' birthplace on February 7, 2012 in Portsmouth, England to celebrate the bicentenary of his birth. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

A man rides a bicycle carrying boxes of expanded polystyrene in downtown Shanghai on July 26, 2011. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

A man rides his bike on the frozen river Elbe in Dresden on February 2, 2012. (Robert Michael/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman rides a bicycle in Amsterdam on February 3, 2012. Temperatures plunged to new lows in Europe where a week-long cold snap claimed more than 222 lives. (Robin Utrecht/AFP/Getty Images)

A fruit vendor on a bicycle travels next to people on motor scooters in Ho Chi Minh City on April 3, 2012. (Nick Ut/Associated Press)

A man admires an art work entitled "Forever Bicycles" by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei at the Taipei Fine Art Museum on October 28, 2011. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

An employee looks out of a window of a bicycle shop and rental station, which has been decorated with some one hundred old bikes on April 6, 2011 in Altlandsberg, Germany. (Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africans light up a Baobab tree by riding bikes in Durban on November 30, 2011 as part of a renewable energies display. (Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images)

A girl cycles on a power generating bike at the Occupy camp in Finsbury Square on February 29, 2012 in London. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Students practice sight-reading while riding exercise bikes in the Conestoga Elementary school in Gillette, Wyo. on November 22, 2011. Students are free to take a turn doing their assignments on one of the six stationary bikes in the back of the room. (Reiley Wooten/Gillette News Record/Associated Press)

Tourists ride an ice sled as they visit Zizhuyuan Park in Beijing on January 3, 2012. (China Daily/Reuters)

Mike Montgomery falls from his bike during the best trick event at a winter games event on February 11, 2012 in Vail, Colo. (Daniel Petty/The Denver Post/Associated Press)#

Green Bay Packers players make their way to NFL football training camp on bikes on July 30, 2011 in Green Bay, Wis. The ride is a tradition with the team, as players borrow children's bikes and ride with the kids to practice. (Morry Gash/Associated Press)#

Felix Girola waves to people as he takes his self-made bicycle for a spin through downtown Havana on May 18, 2012. Girola says his bike measures 11 feet tall. (Franklin Reyes/Associated Press)#

Double amputee private Steve Richardson demonstrates his adapted bike as members of the Help For Heroes team of wounded service personnel who will compete in the Race Across America this June is announced at Tedworth House on April 20, 2012 in Tidworth, England. The team will cycle 3051 miles across 12 states and cover a distance which is 30 percent longer than the Tour de France, but complete it in roughly half the time. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)#

100-year-old cyclist Robert Marchand of France gets on his bike to set a world record for cycling non-stop for one hour at the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) velodrome in Aigle, Switzerland on February 17, 2012. Marchand, born November 26, 1911, cycled 24.251 km (15 miles) around the 200 meter indoor track to set the record. (Denis Balibouse/Reuters)#

A competitor negotiates a wallride during the Valparaiso Cerro Abajo urban downhill mountain bike race in Valparaiso, Chile on February 19, 2012. (Eliseo Fernandez/Reuters)#

Riders battle in a chariot race at Chariot Wars during a three-day Mini Bike Winter Olympics on February 18, 2012, in Portland, Ore. Armed, variously, with all manner of foam-padded apparatus, teams battled for the “Ben Hurt” trophy. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)#

Canadian cyclist Ryder Hesjedal (right) and Spanish rider Joaquim Rodriguez ride on Passo dello Stelvio on the 20th stage of the Tour of Italy (Giro d'Italia) on May 26, 2012. Hesjedal became the first Canadian to win the Giro. (Daniele Badolato/AFP/GettyImages)#

A man dressed as the Easter Bunny rides a Velib public bicycle in Paris on April 5, 2012. (Benoit Tessier/Reuters)#

Models practice with their bicycles for London Fashion Week in London on February 17, 2012. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)#

A couple on a bicycle coast down a hill past farm fields outside the eastern coastal city of Wonsan, North Korea on October 6, 2011. (David Guttenfelder/Associated Press)#

A boy rides on the back of a bicycle amid dense fog on a cold morning in Lahore on January 18, 2012. (Mohsin Raza/Reuters)#

Children ride their bikes across Fishing Creek on April 3, 2012 in Rupert, Pa. (Jimmy May/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise/Associated Press)#

A cyclist rides his bike at a skateboard park on May 22, 2012 in Austin. (Eric Gay/Associated Press)#