Even though there are no real cycle facilities like bike lanes or paths in the center of Milan a lot of people do use their bikes for every day purposes. The city of Milan allows cycling in the pedestrian areas and it created bike parking facilities even in places where cars would otherwise be parking. There is also a bike sharing program that seems to be used well. Very striking was the fact that men and women ride the same bikes. As opposed to northern European countries where men and women ride a different type of bicycle.