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.baptisteperon.com