We arrived in Antwerp on a sunny Wednesday afternoon and were immediately struck by the number of bikes crowding the wide bike lanes. People of all ages, including kids, were heading home either for their lunch break or, in the case of the children, because they are off from school every Wednesday afternoon.

If you rent a bike at the Central Station, you can ride it virtually all the way to the river Schelde on a dedicated bike path, and even ride to the river’s left bank through the Sint-Anneke tunnel. There is a large modern elevator down, if you don’t want to carry your bike down the wooden escalator, like the guy below.