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.

Charlotte Chauvin

Charlotte Chauvin, 1990

Graphic Designer and Illustrator

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I studied graphic design at ERG. I now work in a bookshop and as an illustrator from time to time.

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

I have a map of Brussels in my head everywhere I go and every time I ride. A map of the city’s influences, bike lanes, pavements, hills – it has literally shaped my many paths

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

  • The summer, when the city is empty.
  • Its general good mood.
  • The Sonian Forest.

I have a map of Brussels in my head everywhere I go and every time I ride.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • It’s good for your body and mind – I feel like it reduces stress.
  • For short distances, it’s faster than any other mode of transport.
  • The freedom: you’re not subject to public transport limitations.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

  • From the canal to Halle: the straight road is in good conditions and easy-going. It’s perfect for stretching out your legs, clearing your mind and going fast.
  • From Avenue Albertlaan to Hoeilaart through the Sonian Forest. I like this path because half of it goes through the forest. It’s very refreshing to be surrounded by trees during summer. A relaxing natural retreat.
  • From Avenue Albertlaan to Héros / Helden and Vanderkindere through Parc de la Sauvagèrepark, making a stop at the Dieweg cemetary and going straight into the park. For the way back, I like to go past and around the Royal Observatory of Belgium – it’s kind of my sightseeing path. All the houses in this neighbourhood are amazing. And the cemetery is both a wonderful and eerie place for a short walk.