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.

Simon Loiseau

Simon Loiseau, 1989

Performer and photographer

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I’m from Nantes and I’ve been living in Brussels for eight years. I studied graphic design in France and then went to Brussels Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts/Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten where I specialised in photography, sculpture and performance.

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

As a foreigner, I had to meet new people and change my habits, which happened quite naturally in Brussels. The city is so easy-going that I was able to recreate a family and totally find my place in here. It affects my professional life also. For instance, like many other artists in Brussels, I have to cumulate several jobs in order to make a living – mainly by working in hospitality, animation workshops, etc. and I found it quite easy to get by, because people here stand together and share their good leads.

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

There is always something exciting to do, be it a concert, a party or an exhibition. They can even all happen on the same day and that’s when your bike allows you to do it all.

Riding from Bockstael to Atomium always gives me the feeling I’m on my way to a space base.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicyle use.

  • I really wanted to re-experience the feeling of freedom I used to enjoy with my friends when I was a kid.
  • When I arrived in Brussels, cycling was easier and more pleasant to get lost in the city and find my marks.
  • I don’t want to drive a car in Brussels and I don’t like to take public transport, which, by the way, stops too early at night.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

  • Despite the fact that the city is not the safest by bike, I really like to go all the way up to Forest/Vorst to watch the sunset at Altitude 100.
  • It’s nice to ride in Laeken’s wide and green streets. Riding from Bockstael to Atomium always gives me the feeling I’m on my way to a space base.
  • From my house in Schaerbeek, it’s great to take Chaussée de Vilvorde/Vilvoordsesteenweg and ride along the canal to Vilvorde/Vilvoorde. It’s a nice way to see the port, far away from the city’s traffic.