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.

DJ soFa

DJ soFa, 1982


Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

As a kid I wanted to become an astronaut and later a sports teacher but ended up becoming a DJ like everyone else.  

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

I love Brussels for its multiculturalism, its small size and its cheap beers. I came here out of an interest in music and culture in general. I dreamt of working in this sector and am very grateful that these opportunities came to me. 

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • It’s the fastest option in this town and bypassing 300 cars a day is good fun.
  • Not damaging other’s health and wellbeing.
  • Saving money for records.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

  • Along the canal on the Molenbeek side is both windy and cosy.
  • Down from Porte de Namur / Naamsepoort to the centre is pretty fast and dangerous –no pedalling effort needed.
  • I love to use the elevator with my bike to get uphill from the Marolles to Ixelles / Elsene and Saint-Gilles / Sint-Gillis. My favourite vertical bike route.