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.

Sarah De Bony

Sarah De Bony

Founder at Les Culottes Volantes (1984)

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I was born and bred in Brussels by French and American parents. I studied law and went to art school, worked in an art gallery, a transport company and landed in an organic food store. I attach great importance to what I eat; it has to be local and organic. I wish it could be the same with my clothes and this is how I started Les Culottes Volantes. Our underwear is made with organic textile but it’s not locally produced. My next goal is to work on that aspect.

Cycling gives me the feeling that I’m flying across the city.

What do you like the most about Brussels?

I like that Brussels feels like a small village with the advantages of a big city. On the one hand you can easily walk into someone you know, but you can also enjoy many concerts, movies and exhibitions. On top of that, there’s so many great parks, it’s awesome.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • Cycling gives me the feeling I’m flying across the city.
  • I don’t have to wait for a bus or a tram.
  • I think bikes are a wonderful invention; simple and efficient.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

  • I recently discovered how to get from Altitude 100 to the Atomium, I think it’s a great route because it has bike paths and you see how rich Brussels’ different neighbourhoods are.
  • There will soon be a nice path on Boulevard General Jacques/Generaal Jacqueslaan. I like this route because it takes me to where my mom lives.
  • I also like going behind the Wiels and look at the canals towards Anderlecht. All of a sudden, you feel like you’re in Ghent.