PARIS, France — I can’t recall hearing criticism when I wrote earlier about traffic, but I have no plans to fret about any I did hear. I’ll reiterate that Cleveland needs to come up a real plan to lessen traffic.

But think traffic here or on the Downtown Connector in Atlanta is awful? Try Paris, a city without a single stop sign.

Preparing for the Summer Olympics this month, Paris officials decided they must put an end to their perpetual traffic jams. Anybody who’s visited “the City of Lights” has gotten caught in the loop around the Arc de Triomphe and been trapped there for an eternity.

The timid dare not drive in Paris. I mean, who’d want to be stuck in 45 minutes of going-nowhere traffic, a legit possibility that prompted the city to tackle traffic congestion head-on?

So Paris eased into place a “car-free” zone, which will turn streets around its most famous landmarks (and Paris has many of them) into pedestrian walkways and bicycling routes.

The car-free zone isn’t totally absent cars; city officials will just make it more difficult for drivers to pass through as a short-cut to somewhere else.

Now, I won’t pretend the traffic here is anything akin to what I witnessed in Paris over the week I spent there in late June. Paris was like Buenos Aires, Beijing or Bangkok, capital cities that couldn’t keep pace with their population explosion.

More people meant more cars; more cars meant more and longer traffic jams.

I saw neither Buenos Aires, Beijing nor Bangkok taking giant steps to keep cars off the roads and bring more foot traffic to busier neighborhoods. But I suspect these cities will in the years ahead, for what choice do they have if population continues to grow and traffic jams last longer?

Cleveland isn’t like those cities, and it’ll never be even if it tried. Still, it can do better than each one of them, which means taking measures that will favor pedestrians over motorists.

Nowhere am I saying automobiles have no place on a Cleveland street. They do, because mass transit isn’t robust enough to move people from a far-ring suburb to the city’s core — not yet, anyhow.

Still, Cleveland can invest more in public transportation. It can work to discourage people from parking cars on downtown streets like Euclid, Carnegie, Superior and St. Clair, and it can ramp up the schedule for the rapid transit and for bus service on main arteries. If it banned parking downtown altogether, the city would surely force people onto buses, bikes or back into taxi cabs.

Mayor Justin Bibb and his administration don’t have to rush to put such a plan in place. They can, if they favor caution over action, watch Parisians and see how their plans to curb traffic unfolds. If their plans work, our city has a template to follow.

For sure, the Paris plans should be watched. As Bibb and others take note of how traffic is now in our city, they have no reason not to learn from Paris.

They will start to think the way everybody else who drives our streets thinks, even if no one voices it: Getting cars and trucks off our roadways is good for a city bent on remaking itself into a place people like to live.