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.

Frederike Migom

Frederike Migom

Film director (1985)

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I was born in Antwerp and moved to New York at 17, Paris at 21 and Brussels at 24. I still live here today. I first studied acting in NYC and then film in Paris. I worked in film production for Caviar in Brussels, along with some acting, before moving on to directing in 2013. I’m currently directing my first feature film, which is super exciting.

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

I originally came to Brussels for an internship and never planned on staying for as long as I did – London and Mexico City were more appealing. However, the city surprised me and really took me in. I found it easy to make friends and find my way, both on a private and professional level. Brussels is where I made my most important professional choices and grew out to be where I am now.

I was born and raised on a bike.

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

  • Brussels is everyone’s home: I think this is due to the fact that it doesn’t have a strong national identity. A mix of two communities, many languages, cultures, and more in what, in the end, is a small city. So no one’s really a Brusseleir, except for those born in Brussels. It certainly doesn’t take long for those who come from other parts of the country to be considered Brusseleir, which is a strong identity in itself.
  • It’s absolutely non-pretentious, which has its disadvantages too, but I love it.
  • It’s small yet feels big. I feel like I’m in a big town yet can cycle anywhere.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • I was born and raised on a bike; I never had any other option. As a child we weren’t allowed to use the car for any shorter distance than 20km, which is quite a lot by the way.
  • I’ve cycled in Antwerp, New York and Paris, and any other country my family and I have lived in – Bulgarian mountains and the Egyptian desert.
  • I’ve never owned a car up till today because it just seems like a hassle.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

I’m not sure I know any specific bike routes. Cycling is my means of transport and I usually end up in Brussels’ tough situations. But to give it a go:

  • Anderlecht by the water, because it’s pretty.
  • From the centre to Ixelles because it’s good exercise.
  • Parkfarm (does it count as a bike route though?)
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