Paris Pratique is definitely indispensable. Every street in Paris, by arrondissement in a pocket-sized book – you won’t look like a tourist.
The New York Times > French Velorution: “If you have only one day to do Paris by bike, make it a Sunday, when a city program called Paris Respire (“Paris Breathes”) closes some of the loveliest areas to cars, including Montmartre, the Marais and some roads along the Seine. For spectacle, time your trip to coincide with a Béret Baguette ride, in which Parisians put a very French twist on London’s Tweed Run: bérets, Breton stripes, vintage Peugeots and a picnic of baguettes, brie and wine in the Bois de Vincennes.” Read the complete article.
On Sundays, the streets of Le Marais are closed to traffic between 10am and 6pm. Here’s a map:
Check out this cute video of the Béret Baguette Ride 2011: Beret Baguette Ride 2011. This year it’s on May 12-13. “Ride ouvert à tous, pignon fixe, randonneuse, gentleman… dress code: la France entre deux guerres, bérêt, casquette, chemise blanche, bretelle, ect…”
hot-map An interactive map.