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.

Gitte Hendrikx

Gitte Hendrikx, 1992

Art director

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I grew up in a small village in Flanders called Hamont-Achel and later moved to the Hague to do a bachelor in fine arts. I then did a masters in Geneva and recently finished a master of arts in choreography and performance arts in Brussels. I’ve been working as a chef at KVS for a while with a dream-team of friends, while wandering about the art field. I spent last summer writing a science fiction novel in my garden, named Yung Hyaline, which I would like to publish in the near future. Generally speaking, the challenge of shifting jobs, practices, hobbies and interests keeps me excited as it constructs new ideas and fun stories. I can tell from experience that I enjoy diverse collaborative practices very much, as it gives me the possibility to combine others’ sick artistic dreams with mine. My mottois, “If you know how to do it, do it as if you did, and if you wouldn’t dare to do it, just do.”

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

I mainly focussed on my masters these last two years, however I also met a bunch of great, inspiring people in Brussels outside of my studies. The international character of the city and its diversity of places and activities never leave me bored. Besides, I feel very lucky to live in a spacious, beautiful place in front of Tenbosch Park where I can rest, focus and move freely without disturbing anyone

I very much like to cross the city by bike in specific situations, with a goal or simply to observe buildings and people.

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

  • Tenbosch Park
  • Brasserie Atlas
  • Deborah Bowmann

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • It’s fast
  • It feels great
  • It’s ecological

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

This is quite difficult for me to say as I very much like to cross the city by bike in specific situations, with a goal or simply to observe buildings and people. However I’ll tryto give it a go:

  • Along the canal in Anderlecht.
  • The way from Porte de Namur / Naamsepoort to Central Station through Rue de Namur/Naamsestraat.
  • Riding through the fountains of Flagey during summer and going up across the Germoir / Mouterij bridge.