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.

Roxanne Gaucherand

Roxanne Gaucherand, 1991

filmmaker

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I’m a filmmaker and I ride a beautiful Danceli racing bike. I grew up in the south of France and graduated from INSAS cinema school in Brussels. I founded KOKOKO, a family production company specialised in music videos and movies, together with Betty Lamoulie and Marine Dricot. I like working with my friends, trying to find playful and poetic cinematographic forms mixing fiction and documentary to question reality and dominant narrative structures. I also work as an assistant director.

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

I think Brussels turned me into a more open-minded and audacious person. There’s a lot of creative people co-existing in the city. You can feel it just by looking at its architecture. It’s a beautiful chaos in which I feel free, but where I’m still a stranger somehow. On the other hand, I find Brussels very hard to film, because it’s messy and gray. I miss the colours of the south of France. This nostalgia encouraged me to learn how to work in a studio. I think it also helped me to take a step back from naturalism. Last but not least, Belgium’s playful, political, caring and humble documentary wave had a big impression on me.

We looked pretty cool when we started riding with my gang. Not so much today.

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

  • The people I met along the way and my old friends who joined me here.
  • How easy it is to approach strangers.
  • Brussels is a city that is livable at a human level.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicyle use.

  • The price of public transport is too high for me.
  • It’s almost always the fastest option.
  • We looked pretty cool when we started riding with my gang. Not so much today now that we’re grownups covered with helmets, yellow jackets and lights.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

  • I like riding on the inner ring on car-free Sunday because it feels like a revenge. Co-existing with cars is very hard the rest of the year. I hope things will change in the future.
  • Riding along the canal up to Halle, because it’s flat and fun.
  • I love passing by residential houses in the suburb because you can see everything inside. Not like I’m a voyeur, but I like imagining other people’s lives.

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