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.

Pierre Yves Long

Pierre Yves Long

Singer, composer and musician at Third Sky (1993)

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I was born in the east of France and I moved to Brussels four years ago. I came here to study photography, meet new people and discover new kinds of expression. However, I later decided to focus on my own music project called Third Sky. I play as a one-man-band and my influences are somewhere between post-punk, new wave and psychedelic garage rock. I never stop experimenting new sounds and I have a lot of ideas for the future. Beside that, I work in the workshop of Ahooga, a Brussels-based bike brand that creates light and comfortable folding bikes with a cool design. It’s a new and exciting experience to work in the bicycle world.

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

I think Brussels gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of different people and to quickly get involved in projects. It’s a city where you can decide to try new things out and recycle yourself; where you can easily shape an idea. I keep discovering new places so it keeps me curious and inspired.

I have been riding a bike since I was a child so for me it’s not only a means of transport; it’s a way of life.

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

The most important thing to me about Brussels is its alternative culture:

  • I love to go to concerts and there’s a lot of surprising scenes.
  • A lot of group of people organise art exhibitions and other events, which shows a profusion of motivation even outside of bigger infrastructures.
  • There’s more and more bike events happening, like the Critical Mass for instance, which reinforce the feeling of community between cyclists.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

I have been riding a bike since I was a child so for me it’s not only a means of transport; it’s a way of life.

  • It gives you a feeling of freedom and it’s a fun way to travel.
  • Cycling is convenient: it’s fast, you can park your bike anywhere, you’re more aware of what’s around you and it’s cheap.
  • And finally it’s the most beneficial means of transport both for the earth and your body.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

Brussels is a difficult city for cyclists but when you get used to it, you can start exploring and enjoying:

  • I ride along the canal when I want a straight and flat ride.
  • Sometimes I like to go around the European quarter for the urban atmosphere of rue de la Loi/Wetstraat and then take Avenue de Tervuren to Woluwe-Saint-Pierre.
  • My favourite place to ride is definitely the Sonian Forest, because it’s huge, beautiful, and that’s where I get the best sensations.
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