USA’s president Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya was one of those rare moments, not only for Nairobi, but for the rest of the country. First and foremost, the Nairobi county government employed workers to beautify the main road to the airport and to State House. This beautification included grass and flower planting. While the beauty was especially meant for the three-day special visit, it has turned out to be a permanent positive change to the main roads.
Nairobi is abuzz with roadside construction as the city undergoes an extreme makeover in an effort to ‘beautify,’ as Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero puts it. Around the city and its outskirts, major roads are undergoing renovation, with many road users terming the renovations a nuisance and an additional cause of traffic jams. Many citizens believe this work is aimed at pleasing The President of The United States (POTUS) Barack Obama who is set to visit Kenya between the 24th – 26th July this year. These efforts have brought praise and criticism in equal measure from Nairobians. A disappointed road user tweeted, “Obama will only be here for a day. They should have used the money to unblock drainages, which are always a problem to motorists every time it rains.” Another road user tweeted, “Congratulations for the beautification ongoing around the CBD of Nairobi City @KideroEvans.”
How can Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) interface with traffic? When you think of technology and traffic, often you think of flying cars, or other out-of-this-world, crazy inventions. But sometimes all it takes to avoid traffic is just more information about the traffic and where it is! Several years ago, there were less traffic control platforms to monitor day-to-day road traffic activities and many people would blindly drive into traffic because they simply didn’t know there was traffic on that particular road.