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.

Antoine Jaunard

Antoine Jaunard, 1990

Cofounder of Variable

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I studied graphic design and visual communications at erg. I really enjoyed my studies and discovered a passion for all things Internet – as a decentralised network, not the Facebook stuff – and mixing code with design. In 2015 I started together with Constant Mathieu our own web design/development studio Variable: a small but qualitative web studio based in Brussels.

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

I got myself a bicycle as soon as I moved to Brussels and I’ve been cycling every day, ever since. I like to go fast, slalom trough the traffic and find my own way. Brussels isn’t flat though, so you have to push hard on the pedals if you want to achieve your own goals.

You have to push hard on the pedals if you want to achieve your own goals.

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

  • Brussels is full of surprises. Take Le Grand Royal for instance, a European cycling polo tournament (yes, polo on a bike!) that takes place at Place Louis Moricharplein in Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis on Car Free Sundays. I discovered this beautiful sport in 2014 and I’ll be playing again this year for the second time. Come and support us!
  • From small shops (La Grainerie) to magazines (Dot-To-Dot), outdoor spaces (La Guinguette du Parc de Forest) and sustainable plant nurseries (La Pousse Qui Pousse) to zero-waste canteens (La Serre by La Communa), there are more and more local initiatives trying to make our city greener. There’s much more to come in the next years, which is very promising.
  • Finally, I’ll never be bored here. Our electronic music scene is very rich; there’s always something to listen to. All we need to do is call a few friends, grab our bikes and go listen to some music.

What are the factors that converted you to bicycle use?

You can go anywhere, anytime, without depending on anyone – plus it’s a lot of fun.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

  • The Green Belt: this 60km-long circuit goes around Brussels through many parks and districts. It’s the best way to have a complete overview of Brussels by bike. Highly recommended.
  • Le Bois de la Cambre / Ter Kamerenbos on weekends. It’s closed off to cars and becomes a completely different place filled with cyclists, pedestrians and other things with wheels. A sunny Sunday morning is the perfect time to go there.
  • I always enjoy a ride along the canal. Very quiet and pleasant.