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.

Max Meyer

Max Meyer, 1992

photographer and film director

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I got my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in photography at Sint-Lukas Brussels and this year, I’m doing another Master’s in film directing. I recently presented my graduation short film entitled Le Pardon, a poetic-realistic coming-of-age film about the fledgling love between two people and how difficult it is to unfold it through the Antwerp fields, a tire company and a farm.

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

I was born and raised in Antwerp. When I moved to Brussels seven years ago, it changed myself in many ways. The city is warm; it broadened my creative and artistic perspectives and gave me more space to feel free. When I think of it, Brussels makes me the purest version of myself. 

After a whole day of creating and working, getting on my bike in the evening and cycling without any real purpose is the best way to clear my mind.

What do you like the most about Brussels?

First of all I fell in love with Brussels’ aura. It feels as though Brussels was created to make people feel comfortable. You can be whoever you want to be. Brussels is such an attractive city, with many different kinds of people and cultures to interact with. To me it is the most pleasing and interesting city in Belgium to live in, create and learn.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • After a whole day of creating and working, getting on my bike in the evening and cycling without any real purpose is the best way to clear my mind. It’s like meditation.
  • Another beautiful thing about cycling is how it makes you observe and listen carefully to your surroundings, which is very inspirational for my creative process.
  • I have the feeling my bike is the fastest way to go places. It’s cheap and it keeps me in shape.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

  • In the evening I always cycle from Tour & Taxis along Quai Mariemontkaai to the end of the cycling path of the Quai de l’Industrie/Nijverheidskaai and Cureghem/Kuregem, the roundtrip is about 10 km. I find it the most soothing and meditative cycling path near my home.
  • My weekend route starts from my home at Boulevard Barthélémylaan through Rue Dansaertstraat towards the Marolles district where I do my regular weekend groceries.
  • Last but not least, my favourite bike route is simply the way to Sint-Lukas, which I’ve cycled with love for years, and still do now.
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