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.

Aurel Zola

Aurel Zola, 1985

founder at Vélocom and dancer

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I studied commerce at EPHEC and then decided to live out of my passion, dance. I became a professional dancer and choreographer, had the chance to work for TV programmes around the world and dance alongside artists such as Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, Black Eyed Peas, Leona Lewis, Ariana Grande and many more. Meanwhile, I started teaching in order to share my experience and knowledge with young talents who are also looking to become professional dancers. I even created a special training to help them grow and succeed in their career.

Besides that, I also started my own local advertising company Vélocom a year ago. Our aim is to promote local stores, companies and events by bike. We had the chance to work with great partners such as Ghent and Antwerp Jazz Festivals, ING and Amnesty International. We’re also trying to encourage more people to cycle in Brussels through our campaigns.

Brussels’ bike infrastructure is starting to change, with more and more cycling paths making bikers feel safer.

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

Brussels is a beautiful city with a lot of things happening. I particularly like:

  • Its local events
  • The fact that the roads are becoming more and more adapted to cyclists
  • The help we get as entrepreneurs.

What converted you to bicycle use?

I ride my bike every day and it’s so time gaining – that’s probably the main reason why I decided to cycle. When you ride a car in Brussels, you always end up frustrated because you’re constantly stuck in traffic. I feel so much more at ease on my bike. Besides, it’s good for the environment and it’s a nice way to discover new neighbourhoods and shops. When you’re in a car, you don’t always pay attention to what’s around you, while cycling is a good way to (re)discover the city. Luckily, Brussels’ bike infrastructure is starting to change, with more and more cycling paths making bikers feel safer.