Free Bike Bus improves mobility in and around the port of Antwerp

Wednesday 21 03 2018

As of 3 April employees who commute between the Left and Right banks of the Scheldt will be able to make use of a free Bike Bus that takes them through the Tijsmans tunnel and/or Liefkenshoek tunnel. "The Bike Bus is the result of out-of-the-box thinking to find ways of raising mobility around the port," says Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Antwerp Port Authority. "In the past it was impossible for cycling commuters in the port to cross over the Scheldt. That situation will now change."



Persuading employees to cycle

"The Port Authority is helping to keep the port easily accessible to goods and people in all sorts of ways," says Tom Verlinden, the Port Authority's mobility manager. "One of the solutions is the Bike Bus that enters service on 3 April, a good example of sustainable mobility. Later this year the Port Authority will also roll out various other initiatives aimed at persuading employees to leave their car at home and travel to work in more environment-friendly ways."

Easy solution for crossing the Scheldt or the Canal dock

Cyclists who have to cross every day from one side of the Scheldt to another are now being offered a new transport concept. This hop-on, hop-off articulated bus with built-in bicycle racks offers space for 30 cyclists. There are two bus stops on the Left bank two on the Right bank. The bus operates seven days per week, every 15 minutes during peak hours and before and after shift hours. The first bus leaves at 0445 hours, the last at 2300. During non-peak hours it travels every hour.

Joint package of sustainable solutions

The Bike Bus forms part of a large-scale, joint commitment by Antwerp Port Authority and the private sector to deal with transport problems that hinder the operation of port companies. Various initiatives for barge, rail and road transport will help to ease the pressure on freight traffic, while initiatives such as the Shuttle Bus, Water Bus and Bike Bus should help to persuade employees to leave their car at home more often.