USA President Obama’s Kenyan visit & its effect on Nairobi’s transport system

By James Adema

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.

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What To Do After an Accident

By: Caleb Chuma

Photo by:
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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.

Accidents reported in the Month of May from the @Ma3Route #AccidentsKE project
Accidents reported in the Month of May from the @Ma3Route #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:

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Major Nairobi Roads To Be Closed This Friday Ahead of POTUS Visit

By Caleb Chuma

Update: July 24, 2015 9:00 AM

A more comprehensive update on roads has been issued by Inspector General @JBoinnet through his Twitter handle:

1. From Friday (24/7/15) to Sunday (26/7/15) from 1200 noon to 1400 hrs:

  • No access from Waiyaki Way to Chiromo past Westlands Roundabout
  • No entry/exit to/from Riverside
  • From Forest Road, no access to overpass onto Chiromo, blocked at Museum Hill
  • No access to Chiromo through University Roundabout
  • On Uhuru Highway from University Roundabout to JKIA closed from 1600 hours on both sides of dual carriage way inbound & outbound.

2. Saturday from 7:00 AM – 13:30 hrs:

  • Ojijo under/overpass, Forest Road/Limuru Road to UN Headquarters & back, blocked.
  • Bomb Blast area – 11:00 hrs; Haile Sellasie/Moi Avenue, Railways PSV terminus, cleared of motor vehicles. From Landhies blocked at Choo No. Nane.
  • Route from Bomb Blast area to State House & back to hotel closed and from hotel to State House and back closed intermittently between 1300 hrs to 2300 hrs.

3. Sunday from 8:00 AM to 17:00 hrs: 

  • Thika Super Highway closed both sides up to border with Kiambu County.

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Nairobi Beautification Not About POTUS

By Caleb Chuma

Photo by: @ronoray
Photo by: @ronoray

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.”

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The Anatomy of an Accident: June 18th

What Happened on Jogoo Road last Thursday?

On Thursday, June 18th, two buses got in a head-on collision on Jogoo Road around 6:30 PM. One bus was from the Embassava Sacco. The other one was a Forward Traveller. There were 85 reports about the accident in the next three hours. This is the most reports we’ve received about a single accident yet!

“A very bad accident at @jogooroad near Hamza. Btwn embassava and forward traveller. #IwishThemQuickRecovery” via @FrankPascalBar

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The Most-Reported Accidents of May

Amidst the many accident reported over the month of May, several stand out because they generated so many reports. Here are some of the most-reported accidents from that period.

49 Reports: May 19th, Two Trucks on Mombasa Road Two trucks got in an accident on Mombasa Road that was not severe but still created a jam that lasted for hours. The reports (and the traffic) stretched from 9:20 AM to 4:50 PM.

An image of the two trucks via @herrdoktorus

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