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.

Baptiste Péron

Baptiste Péron

Graphic designer at Caracal Studio

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I was born in France and arrived in Belgium in late 2009 to study. I first started working in Brussels as a bartender, then sold clothes and sneakers, worked in galleries – it was only in 2012 that I started working in graphic design alongside Pierre Smeets and Damien Aresta from PLMD. I’ve been freelancing for six years now, and now work as a graphic designer for Caracal Studio.

How has Brussels shaped you as an individual?

I spent my 20s here, which I think is the most important part of any person’s life: the one where you grow up, meet people and learn things. I learned a lot in Brussels, and by that I mean I met a lot of people. Brussels definitely shaped me as an individual.

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

  • You can talk easily to people, anywhere, anytime – in a bar, a club, or on the streets.
  • You can go for a bike ride through forests.
  • There’s green space everywhere.

I learned a lot in Brussels, and by that I mean I met a lot of people.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • I grew up in the countryside with friends who all had a PlayStation. My parents bought me a bike instead. Best decision ever, shout out to my folks.
  • Freedom: you can ride anywhere you want, and it doesn’t cost a thing.
  • It keeps you in a good shape!

What are your favourite bike routes in Brussels?

To be honest, I don’t have any favourite routes. It’s nice to ride in Brussels, but I can’t be the only one to think that car drivers here don’t care about cyclists. You really have to stay focussed while on the road.

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