Belgium and the Netherlands share a border, a language and a history. Yet in cycling they could not be further apart. Cycling in Brussels from a Dutch perspective seems to be a dangerous activity almost only taken up by young male adults. Most streets in the center seem not very well designed for bicycles. Although there are some stretches of cycle lanes that are wide enough, there is a system of rental bikes that you can get and leave at a lot of places, and cyclists may enter streets that cars may not, the city as a whole comes across as a hostile environment for people on a bike.
Cycling in Brussels, an impression