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.

Christine Stanczyk

Christine Stanczyk

Founder at Bloum (1963)

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I used to work as a producer and manager for contemporary dance companies. Today, I still programme dance and music workshops for a summer academy. A couple of years ago, I also launched a cooperative of organic and local products in my neighbourhood.

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

Like most people who live here, I do appreciate Brussels’ mixity, the fact that hundreds of languages are spoken, that we have access to an incredible number of cultural activities and at the same time, can enjoy enough space to breathe, especially in my commune Forest/Vorst. This context certainly influenced my professional choices.

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

  • The cultural offer in a medium-sized and relatively green city
  • The openness of its inhabitants
  • The possibilities it offers due to a light ambient chaos

Nowadays, a car just seems useless to me if you live in the city.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • Trying to be consequent with myself: if you eat organic food and are willing to respect the environment, it seems logical to use a bicycle rather than a car.
  • Financial reasons: you can spare hundreds of euros per month dropping your car!
  • Comfort: no more traffic jams, you can get going whenever you want without having to wait for a tramway or a bus. Plus, despite the pollution it is still a pleasure to ride a bicycle in a city. Nowadays, a car just seems useless to me if you live in the city.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

  • The route along the canal going to Halle: go all the way to Halle for the apero and come back, just for fun.
  • Parts of the promenade verte/groene wandeling around Brussels: beautiful and sometimes practical to reach specific places
  • Looking forward to the new bike lanes downtown.