Bruges by bike. Cyclists are especially privileged in Bruges so if you can't beat them why not join them. There are cycle lanes on many of the roads and there are cycle racks all over the place. And, the traffic restrictions in the city centre, have made Bruges a safe and pleasant place to cycle around. However, although you are allowed to cycle in either direction in one-way streets (but watch out for unsuspecting pedestrians), you are not allowed to cycle in pedestrian areas. The tourist office in Bruges publishes an excellent little guide called 5 x by bike around Bruges which includes details of 5 cycling tours around Bruges together with a route map. Don't worry if you haven't brought your own bicycle with you because many hotels now have bicycles for hire and there are a number of bike-hire shops in the centre. You can also hire them from the baggage depot at the railway station and, if you have travelled to Bruges by train, the hire cost is reduced. The tourist office in Bruges has details about where you can hire bikes from. If you would prefer to go on a guided cycling tour, Quasimundo runs 2 cycling tours which operate daily between April and September. Bruges by Bike takes in the city and some less well-known back streets (and waters) and Border by Bike takes you on a 25-kilometre ride along the canals to the north of Bruges taking in Damme and Oostkerke en route. Both tours cost € 18 for adults and € 16 for children/students. The price includes bicycles fitted with a front pack where you can put your valuables, a raincoat, a bottle of water and a commentary in English. There are also helmets available in range of sizes. For further information telephone +32 (0)50 330 775.