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.

Jean Coërs

Jean Coërs, 1988

Actor

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I grew up in the south of Brussels and studied medicine at ULB. However, after I graduated, I felt the need to change path. So I’m now a theatre student at RITCS Dutch-speaking school of arts. I live near the centre and jump from a project to another, which allows me to grow.

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

I see Brussels as a small village and a big European metropolis at the same time. In my view, one of the city’s biggest challenges is that it finds itself at the crossing points of linguistic, social, political, urban and ecological levels of change. Being a part of this melting pot surely influenced my way of being and becoming an artist, a physician and a citizen. 

I adapt my biking behaviour to my mood and everyday needs.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • Budget: it’s a low-cost means of transport.
  • Autonomy: no getting stuck in traffic jams, or desperately looking for a parking spot.
  • It’s fast and I know exactly what my travel time will be.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

My favourite bike routes are simply my everyday travels:

  • The sloping road along the inner ring from Louise to the canal
  • The small, residential roads in the centre
  • The pedestrian area

If I have to go really far or if it rains too much, I get off my bike and take it with me on the metro – except during the rush hours. I adapt my biking behaviour to my mood and everyday needs.