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.

Charly Wittock

Charly Wittock

Founder of AWAA

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I’m a 50-year-old architect married to an amazing woman, father of a 20-year-old son, and 18-year-old daughter. I was born in Rome, went to school in Belgium and university in the US. I’ve lived in Hawaii, San Francisco and New York. Today I run an international architectural practice based in Brussels.

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

Brussels has taught me three things: self-derision; that the capital of Europe is Europe itself; and that the metropolitan citizens living in the city are all zinneke.

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

  • The food.
  • Its trees.
  • The fact that we’re just a couple of hours away from Paris, London and Amsterdam by train.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • Its speed.
  • Its doubling as good source of exercise.
  • Its contribution to keeping our planet clean.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

  • Brussels’ subway network is not as efficient as that in other cities, such as NYC, London or Paris. My Brompton is a very close second though – I see it as a natural extension of the missing subway routes throughout the city.
  • The Promenade du Chemin de Fer starts at Delta, right next to our office, and goes all the way to UCL. For years, I would take this route to check out our Cameleon site while it was still under construction. What a pleasure it was to ride on this flat route in the woods without any cars.
  • All the cycle paths that will be built in the near future.