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.

Lara Lancereau-Jaulin

Lara Lancereau-Jaulin, 1991

Freelance textile designer

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I studied graphic design in France and now work in the textile industry. I decided to go freelance a few months ago, trying my hand at running my own business. I arrived in Brussels four years ago – this is the longest I’ve been in one city. I usually don’t stay longer than two years in the same city, even as a child!

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

I feel really free in Brussels, as if anything is possible. I think the city gives me the courage to undertake things; to create. I’ve never felt limited or crushed by the city. Everyone has things they want to achieve, but sometimes, in some places, it can be so complicated that you almost don’t even want to try. In short, Brussels has good vibes and makes me feel more confident, inspired and daring.

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

  • The people: everything is cooler and more relaxed. It’s the least stressful city I’ve ever lived in.
  • The human size: not too big, not too small. You don’t feel oppressed by the old buildings in the street, and you can easily get anywhere by feet or bike.
  • The music: I love the music scene and parties here. Of course, other cities have this feature too, but ours is exceptionally special. The people here just enjoy it with such great energy, in a nice and simple way.

Brussels is the least stressful city I’ve ever lived in

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

Easy question! Transport in Brussels is rather complicated:

  • Public transport prices, especially De Lijn’s.
  • Limitations: you often have interchange routes and it takes longer than cycling.
  • I tried driving and it was near impossible.

What are your favourite bike routes in Brussels?

I actually always follow the same route because I use my bike to go to work. I go from the city centre to Groot-Bijgaarden through Molenbeek. Besides that, I also like cycling from the centre to Bois de la Cambre/Ter Kamerenbos, or even all the way to Ghent or Antwerp. I actually prefer biking outside of the cities, on countryside routes.