Do we really need those speed bumps

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This week I would like to post a brief blog to discuss the state of our roads. Not the potholes or the cattle tracks with which we have come to characterise our roads.

Let us talk of speed bumps for a while, shall we? If you often drive in South B, specifically near the Mater Hospital, and if you drive by the South C mosque, then you probably know where I’m headed with this.

Driving on these roads during peak traffic hours is simply nightmarish. Many of those who use the South B road any morning will narrate stories of how they spend between 40 minutes and an hour stuck in traffic between the shopping centre and the Mater bumps (a distance of less than a kilometre).

Amazingly, past the bumps, traffic flows smoothly. It will actually take you less than 15 minutes from there to the City Centre, which is about five kilometres.

A similar story would be told by those who use the South C route, or indeed any other road that is unfortunate to have speed bumps.

The point here is that speed bumps on such major routes are pure nonsense. Much as they serve the purpose of slowing down traffic near institutions such as schools and hospitals, they also cause unnecessary traffic snarl ups.

The wisdom of retaining such installations on the roads could be questioned till the cows come home. But instead of wasting time on such debates, why can’t the authorities replace them with foot bridges as has been done on other roads?

Today, I would like to invite you to use this space and rant about the increasingly long traffic jams on our roads. Some of them are due to the poor state of our infrastructure, others are caused by traffic police officers who compete with the internationally-adapted concept of traffic lights and others because of the sheer stupidity of fellow motorists.

For instance, a friend of mine was fuming the other day at how a motorist in traffic decided to wrap her brain in baby tissue and place it, carefully, in the glove compartment.

With an empty head, our motorist then proceeded to ignore common sense and blocked other vehicles at a T-junction, arrogantly joining a queue while preventing others who could have crossed on a clear intersection.

Such scenes are common in the City centre, especially along Kenyatta Avenue which has a number of branches. Please tell me, haven’t you ever wished you had the power to make such a person evaporate from the face of the earth? I have.

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  • msema kweli

    I agree Laura, Kenyans should start acting. It begins with you(and me). Lets act by stopping to give bribes, to speak out against ills.

  • Lawrence Njenga- Limuru

    Laura…nice feature on your website. Anyway my point is simple. Kenyans are looking at Ruto now as a Hero. Like Artur is a BAD GUY but who wouldn’t want his autograph? Kenyan voters are everything their politicians are.

  • Githinji

    The Kenya we want is one without corruption but i don’t see and end it. We have tried to be united against it, remember 2002 when Kibaki become President,but it fought back hard and won. Guys as young as 20 are now seriously discussing ways to get to parliament and government so as to get involved in highly corruption ie Trition after all once we defraud billions all we need to do is by some MPs and get an expensive lawyer.It’s a small sacrifice for the billions.

  • Shikuku – USA

    How i wish more and more Kenyans got themselves engaged in the affairs of our great nation. Rally one another against relentless impunity by our leaders.
    Our leaders have lost the sense of being responsible to their employers thus continue to act recklessly in parliament (censure motion), they taint the image of our nations integrity. I dread reading news from Kenya everyday because they scream “something is not right again” and the worst is yet to come. Kenyans lets get involved in pragmatic political decisions of our nation right from our dinner tables. Lets resolve to build a better Nation on the principles of democracy. It can be done. WE CAN DO IT! I believe.

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