AN innovative program is giving new meaning to the word recycle – with used bikes given a new lease on life by Ballarat community groups. BRACE Education, Training and Employment has started a bicycle reconditioning program with disengaged young people with the help of a grant from Western District Employment Access. In addition to producing bikes to be sold at low prices or donated to local families, the program aims to give new skills and experiences to young people interested in improving their confidence. BRACE manager of community engagement Darrin Carroll said the program had been running for eight weeks. “We are very appreciative of the assistance provided to us by Western District Employment Access and thrilled with the quality of the reconditioned bikes,” he said. “The bikes will be sold in our Bargain Browser stores for a very low cost, and we will be donating a number of them to local community groups working with people in need.” He thanked the Ballarat East Community Men’s Shed for their involvement. Western District Employment Access site manager Paul Magee said his organisation was pleased to be involved through the provision of a grant.