When you are in Paris you will notice that bicycles are as much a part of the image of Paris as is the Eiffel Tower.
What I found most interesting (and would never see where I live) was the sight of so many women on bicycles, especially at night. Many nights we sat outside at our local cafe at 10:00 and 11:00, and we saw women riding down the street on bicycles. Dressed with a quintessential French flair, Parisian women of all ages commute to work, run errands, meet friends for coffee, catch a movie, or go to the theater. Through snow, rain, and summer heat they eschew cars, doing their part to clear the air in the city of light.