If you come by car to Antwerpen be aware you will hit a road construction zone somewhere.
Present road construction at Antwerp
Construction at the Antwerp highway exits and more
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?
The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies tend to be more aggressive and females more passive. As adults, in spatial operations, men have the edge in such skills as negotiating a maze, reading a map, and quickly discriminating between right and left. Men also perform better than women when asked to visualize an object and imagine rotating it. On the other hand, women tend to perform better than men when asked to look at objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors, and then to group them in some order.
This still doesn't explian why a woman turns the map all around when a man is asking for the road to travel, while I like the map at one point so I can better visualize our position. Help!
You will find these signs at the border of the Schelde in Antwerp. The signs deny access to all vehicles, except for busses. You better obey to the rules. As you can see, there has been constructed a rather deep hole in the road a little further. If you try to pass your car, it will fall in this hole (the wheelbase being smaller then the ones of busses).
I arrived to Antwerp early morning before morning rush hours. So I didn't have problem to find out a place on a street to park my car in a downtown - very close to Grote Markt (Big Market Square).
But when I came to my car back after a few hours I got to know how lucky I was with early morning arriving - there was shortage of parking places on streets (park-meters there).
- if it's possible park your car before say 7.30 am,
- if you can't find any free place for your car on a street follow the direction signs (P) to toll underground or multi-story parking lots (hmm... more expensive),
- never, never park your car where it's prohibited (bus stops, yellow lines along the sidewalk, in front of an exit etc.); I noticed that they used to tow away cars (expensive, I am sure),
- I noticed quite many cars parked on streets with park-meters but with no tickets inside. Hmm... I was told that police (or city guard?) gives tickets for it but it didn't cost much, so... not my recommendation anyway.
Traffic is dangerous and often deadly.
Too many people still get injured, or worse, die because of traffic accidents.
We can't say it enough, pls drive careful, don't cross the speedlimits, if necessary stay way under the limits if the weathercircumstances are bad.
Learn to anticipate with children in traffic, they are so vulnerable.
A car or a bigger vehicle are potential wheapons in the wrong hands.
If possible, ban the car in the city and take the public transportation, bus, tram, train.
Don't take your car for short trips.
Walk or cycle, much more healthy and you get there much more faster without frustrations of traffic jam and lack of parking space.
And if you still need a car, then take care about the following rules:
NEVER drink and drive
NEVER park on pedestrian walksides
NEVER park on bicycle tracks
NEVER use a bicycle track to pass a car that is bothering your because you think it is going to slow
NEVER get mad at low speed motorbicycles of which you think they should use the bicycles track, some of the tracks ARE FORBIDDEN FOR THE ONES SPEEDING UP TO 25 KM AND THEY ARE OBLIGED TO DRIVE ON THE STREET!
ALWAYS stop if you see a pedestrian wanting to cross the road, ESPECIALLY on a marked cross over (zebra).
ALWAYS stop for bicyclers that do the same, walking next to their cycle, the moment they take their bicycle at hand they turn into a pedestrian.
I've seen some warnings about the antwerp (goes for most cities in Belgium) parking problems.
1. Never, ever, ever park where it is prohibited (tresspassing, bus-stations, yellow lines on the sidewalk, in front of an exit, ...) You car will be towed away and you will have to paye the fine before they will release your car.
2. When parking in a public place where you must pay a parking-meter and a ticket is issued that must be left in the car, the choice is yours: you can choose to pay, collect the ticket and leave it in the car OR you can choose not to pay. When the police will find your car without the ticket in it, they will leave you an invitation to pay a halfday parking ticket. This will be something between 350 and 500 francs (about 9 to 12 euro). My expirience learns me that the both systems are equal in price in the long run. If you receive this invitation, PAY IT RIGHT AWAY, otherwise they will send you a new ticket after a few days, claiming 1500 francs (about 40 euro).
Ok, you can easily park in a no-parking area ... but pls don't follow my example continuing to park in the same no-parking area for a month ... policemen are kind but they're not dumb and they'll remove your car ... result: 5000 BEF !!!!
I recommend to use the parking garages. If you park on the street at the wrong spot you car may be towed away!