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.

David Le Simple

David Le Simple, 1976

Bookworm and art teacher

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I’m French and have been living in Brussels for 11 years now. I’ve always worked in the cultural scene, be it music, contemporary art or books. Today I’m in charge of the art section of a bookshop in Brussels; I give classes in art schools and am involved in Radio Campus fabulous team in various ways.

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

When I first arrived in Brussels, I was immediately integrated in what you could call the “DIY music scene”, thanks to places like La Compilothéque and Les Ateliers Claus, which I think strengthened my faith in a collective way of thinking.

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

  • Its continuous flow of DIY initiatives.
  • How easy and cheap it is to eat and drink organic, locally sourced and tasty products.
  • Whether I like it or not, it doesn’t seem like I would be able to leave it anymore.

Cars and buses stink.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • Biking means freedom.
  • Using Brussels’ public transport can be exhausting and inconvenient.
  • Cars and buses stink.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

  • On Saturday afternoons, I leave Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis where I live, go down to Brussels-South Station and ride along the canal, stopping at Rue Dansaertstraat for a pizza, Le Lac for a concert or zine salon, LaVallée for an art show, Magasin4 for a concert or Kaaitheater for a dance show.
  • On Sundays, I leave home early, go down the same road, leave the city and ride along the locks.
  • Although I love living in Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis, my favourite neighbourhood for cycling is the quiet and peaceful Jette, where you can easily bike from a park to a wood.

My goal for next year is to have the endurance as well as a decent bike to ride from Dinant to Petit-Fays, where my favourite music festival takes place every year in July.