Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a.k.a. Pope Francis, is in town and his 3-day tour is expected to cause major traffic disruptions and congestion with hundreds of thousands of people expected to travel to Nairobi to meet him at different locations.
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.
Over the past 2 weeks, Kenya’s capital city has been in a tizzy over an attempt by the Nairobi County government to reduce the notoriously bad traffic congestion. Cement-filled containers were installed at the behest of Nairobi Governor, Dr. Evans Kidero, on April 3rd to block certain turns, especially at major roundabouts such as the Westlands Roundabout, Nyayo Stadium Roundabout, and the turn to Riverside Drive. This was done in the short-term as part of a strategy unveiled at the City Hall earlier this year meant to decongest Nairobi roads.