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.

Hadrien Duré

Hadrien Duré

Photographer (1990)

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I studied photography at Le 75 in Brussels and am now specialised in documentary and press photography. I have a few publications and have been working with Vice France for two years and a half, mainly setting up interviews with groups of journalists, taking photographs and writing articles. Photography is both my passion and my job.

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

I lived in many different neighbourhoods in Brussels: I was born in Ixelles, lived in Anderlecht near Aumale – a neighbourhood mixing football and cultural diversity – and then in Schaerbeek near Place Liedtsplein. I can tell you that there’s no better place than Brussels for inspiration: I keep learning every day in this city. Solitary by nature, I like to walk through the city both day and night.

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

  • I love to get fries when I don’t have time to cook, especially from Fritkot Bompa at Germoir / Mouterij – the best address in Brussels.
  • For your bike, I recommend Shaun Donk Bekane, a former sailor who used to restore boats and works on bicycles near Flagey, in a former butcher’s. A great guy.
  • I particularly like my new neighbourhood, Jette. I feel good here and leaving the stressful centre allows me to breathe.

Even if there’s no transport after midnight, I can still go for a night ride whenever I want.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • I got tired of using public transport.
  • I went for the cheapest option which, on top of that, keeps me fit.
  • The best part is that even if there’s no transport after midnight, I can still go for a night ride whenever I want.

What are your favourite bike routes in Brussels?

Botanique / Kruidtuin has the best hill in the city. Besides that, I must say this city is not really made for cycling – but that just makes it more challenging. That’s why you see real bikes in Brussels, compared to in Amsterdam with their flat paths.

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