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.

Hilke Andries

Hilke Andries, 1985

Teacher and journalist at BRUZZ Ket

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I was born in Anderlecht and grew up in the green border of Brussels, however I consider myself a Brusseleir. At the moment I work part-time as a journalist for the children’s website BRUZZ Ket, and a Dutch teacher for newcomers at Brusselleer.

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

Brussels has always been my main theme as a journalist. I’m curious and love hearing stories from people around me. Unconsciously, this probably explains why I became a journalist. I can’t see myself living in an other part of Belgium; anywhere else seems too boring.

Sometimes I wish Brussels was not that hilly, but hip hip hooray to my muscly calves!

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

  • I like spotting new shops and places as I cycle without a planned route.
  • Sometimes I wish Brussels was not that hilly, but hip hip hooray to my muscly calves!
  • Every day, I feel like a little survivor riding through Brussels.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicyle use.

  • I don’t want to waste money on public transport.
  • It’s a lot faster than any other means of transport.
  • I don’t have to go to the gym anymore.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

  • Take the elevator at the Marolles, enjoy the breathtaking panorama and ride to Flagey.
  • Enjoy a nice breeze along the canal.
  • Greet people along my way on Dansaert, feeling like I live in a small village.