The Brussels Bike Hundred

100 portraits, stories and bicycles

We’re teaming up with Bike for Brussels to put together a 100-strong selection of local heroes shaping the city each in their own way. From designers and DJs to performers and publishers, these are the creatives riding Brussels forward.

Alex Deforce

Alex Deforce, 1984

Artist, DJ and Freelance Writer

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I’m a self-taught painter, DJ, freelance writer, former and future label boss, resident visualist at poetry nights and radio host. I’m currently busy curating my first group exhibition Radical Child for the forthcoming Bang! festival, to be held between November and December in Brussels.

How has Brussels shaped you as an individual as well as your professional activities?

Brussels has shown me poetry, music, contemporary dance and the arts in general, alongside a vibrant nightlife with all of its beautifully crooked characters. 

List three things you like the most about Brussels, bike-related or not.

  • Its people.
  • The fact that Brussels doesn’t reveal itself easily unless you get involved with it first. The city can play hard to get, but only for the better.
  • The je m’en fou-tisme.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • Speed
  • Flexibility
  • Adventure

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

  • Downhill from Botanique to Yser / Ijzer in a mere minute and a half.
  • Sainctelette to Paepsem following the canal, because water brings rest, especially in sun- and moonshine.
  • Slowly cycling alongside a boat on the canal, at Porte de Ninove / Ninoofsepoort for instance, whilst waving to the captain.