Be bright on a bike

23:58, Mar 23 2014

The Nelson City Council is starting a campaign today to get cyclists to start "brightening" themselves up to be safer on the roads as daylight saving ends on the first Sunday of next month.

Bike Wise, police, and the council are starting the "Be Bright" campaign telling people to light up their bikes and wear high visibility gear so they are safe on the roads.

The campaign will involve police checkpoints to assess reflective gear and lights. Those that have adequate lights will be rewarded with bells and puncture repair kits.

The campaign also has "roving cycle ambassadors" who will stop cyclists without lights and offer to fit them on their bikes at no cost.

All cyclists stopped and surveyed at checkpoints can go in a draw to win one of eight Avanti high-vis goodie packs worth $150 each.