Which roads have the worst accidents? the most traffic? the biggest potholes? And which roads are the smoothest? well-lit? un-flooded even after hours of rain?
These are important questions that many Nairobi drivers may instinctively be able to answer based on daily driving experience, but we would like to start keeping track of those exact issues here – the good and the bad.
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.
It’s not something anyone wants to be involved in or can anticipate, but car accidents do happen and are occurring quite frequently these days. The high number of accidents has raised alarm with Kenyan road authorities; in May 2015 alone, 575 unique accidents were reported through our #AccidentsKE project.
However, many people do not know what to do when they are involved in a car accident. In the unfortunate instance that you find yourself in a road accident, follow the following steps:
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.”