There is an ingrained notion (at least in my area) that a female, especially a young single female, dare not live without a car because of safety reasons.
I have been wanting to go carfree and take my bicycle everywhere. However, my boss would probably let me go if she knew that I was riding my bike home from work. My work hours are from 6 pm to 11 pm, sometimes midnight depending on the workload.
I'd be riding on main roads where there is lots of light. I have never feared for my safety as much as others do.
Is this stereotype of the dainty helpless woman prevalent where you live?