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.

Philip Janssens

Philip Janssens, 1980

Contemporary Artist

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I’ve been a contemporary artist for a while now, and will be for much longer. I’m currently doing a residency at Fondation CAB, enabling me to make largescale work and try out various new things. It’s been a really enjoyable experience.   

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

It’s a great place for meeting all kinds of different people. Everything else sort off follows from that.

I’m OK with any route that’s going downhill.

List three things you like the most about Brussels, bike-related or not.

  • Its people
  • Its chaos
  • Its central location

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • Acquiring an all-terrain bike with suspension.
  • Brussels’ traffic.
  • Frustration with public transport.

List your favourite bike routes in Brussels.

I’m OK with any route that’s going downhill.