Sentosa condos' unwanted bicycles given new lease of life in youth cycling club

Ms Nur Elfizah Bte Rohaizat, (front row with yellow helmet) 19, one of the youth leaders in the Henderson Bikers' cycling club, with other members of the Henderson Bikers' cycling club on Jan 3, 2015. -- PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Ms Nur Elfizah Bte Rohaizat, (front row with yellow helmet) 19, one of the youth leaders in the Henderson Bikers' cycling club, with other members of the Henderson Bikers' cycling club on Jan 3, 2015. -- PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Ms Indranee Thurai Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Law and Education, and Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC, sounding a bicycle horn at the "Gift-A-Bike" ceremony on stage to signify the launch of the "Henderson Bikers" initiative on Jan
Ms Indranee Thurai Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Law and Education, and Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC, sounding a bicycle horn at the "Gift-A-Bike" ceremony on stage to signify the launch of the "Henderson Bikers" initiative on Jan 3, 2015. -- PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Ms Indranee Thurai Rajah (centre), Senior Minister of State for Law and Education, and Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC, with members of the Henderson Bikers' cycling club on Jan 3, 2015. -- PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Ms Indranee Thurai Rajah (centre), Senior Minister of State for Law and Education, and Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC, with members of the Henderson Bikers' cycling club on Jan 3, 2015. -- PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - Instead of being sent to the dumpster, some 60 bicycles have been refurbished and will now be used in a cycling programme for young people.

The bicycles were donated by two condominiums in Sentosa to a community project started by the Bukit Merah West Neighbourhood Police Centre. Many of the bikes have been left behind by former residents who had moved out.

On Saturday, the bicycles, which have been restored and are now road-worthy, were presented to the Henderson Bikers, a newly formed cycling club led by the Henderson Crescent Residents' Committee.

Residents' Committee chairman Pahurudeen Naina Mohamed, 55, said the club plans to hold monthly events, and teach the youngsters how to maintain the bicycles, and to inculcate safe riding habits.

The Henderson Bikers will target those aged between seven and 18, and for a start, has already recruited some 35 members.