It is a lamentable fact that road etiquette is virtually non-existent in Hong Kong. Many drivers, especially commercial ones, seem to think they own the roads. Our city's drivers are hardly alone. Parisian drivers, well-known for their aggressive tendencies, are at least as bad as ours. Yet, as we report today, the socialist mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe, is trying to tame them - by turning the city into a cyclists' haven. All across Paris, hundreds of bicycle rental stations have been set up and many more are being planned. Cycling is non-polluting, uses little road space, and rarely causes serious or fatal injury to riders or pedestrians; it also promotes a healthy lifestyle. But despite its universal and well-known benefits, it is doubtful our transport chiefs are about to go down the path of the Parisians. This is ironic because people who grew up in Hong Kong in the 1960s and '70s will remember many bike rental shops in urban areas when it was still relatively safe for children and teenagers to cycle on main roads. Today, cycling on urban roads is - sadly - a dangerous activity. The government has openly stated that cycling is a recreational sport rather than a serious and viable alternative method of travel. It would be difficult to change this mindset when it is shared by many locals. But efforts should be made. There is more that the Transport Department could do. The department has had successes in pedestrianising some busy areas in crowded urban districts and has constructed bike tracks in new towns. Some of these bike paths, notably those in Tseung Kwan O, have been criticised, however, for being badly designed and broken up by vehicular roads. City planners and transport officials should now make it an urgent priority to design better bike tracks and, where possible, to connect them to less busy roads, some of which could even be reserved for the exclusive use of cyclists and pedestrians. We are unlikely to take measures that go quite as far as those being implemented in Paris. But there is a need to create a better, safer environment for people who wish to cycle.