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.

Sara Moonen

Sara Moonen

Singer, composer and musician at Whocat and SKIP (1982)

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I’m a self-taught composer, singer and musician, member of bands Whocat and SKIP, and a production manager for musical production house MetX. I combine singing, playing music and performing with other missions such as a freelancer and this keeps me in a work-life balance that keeps evolving. Actually, work is my life, because I love what I do and due to the variety of my activities, I never get tired of it. After my studies in communication at Erasmushogeschool Brussel, I lived in Barcelona for a year and I travelled a lot. Then I moved back to Brussels and never left. I love being in the city but I also love to get out of it several times a week to ride horses. It’s like a breath of fresh air, my let-go time.

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

Brussels offered me the intimate yet extraverted and anonymous social and creative environment I was searching for after travelling around and meeting people from all over the world. It’s a small big city, with a strategic location for traveling. The fact that Brussels is the capital of a country with three official languages creates a melting pot of cultures. There is enough for everybody in Brussels and if you’ve lived here long enough, you become a Brusseleir. No need for roots to grow here. The city is a platform of encounters on every level. Brussels is a very generous, chaotic and humble city and I think it provides excellent humus to develop and realise crazy ideas.

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

  • The diversity amongst its citizens.
  • The gentle chaos and no-man’s-land feel – which can also really annoy me sometimes.
  • The beautiful parks.

Brussels is a very generous, chaotic and humble city and I think it provides excellent humus to develop and realise crazy ideas.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • Car-free Sundays.
  • Endless traffic jams.
  • The lack of coordination of public transport services.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels and explain why.

  • From Schaerbeek to Ixelles through the Maelbeek/Maalbeek, because it’s flat;
  • Albert to the Marolles through Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis; because it’s my daily route and it goes downhill;
  • The bicycle path in the canal zone, because it’s a nice view and it almost makes you believe there are more bikes than cars.
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