- KURA says that the exercise of arresting pedestrians who fail to use footbridges will continue, in a bid to ensure the safety of all road users.
- More than 300 people were on Friday arrested and fined KSh3,000 for crossing at undesignated points along Outer Ring Road.
Do you know that you risk being arrested and slapped with a fine of between KSh500 to KSh5,000 for not using footbridges to cross Nairobi County roads?
The Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) last Friday arrested more than 300 people crossing Outer Ring Road without using the footbridges erected along the highway. Another four were arrested along Mbagathi Way over similar offence.
KURA says that the exercise of arresting pedestrians who fail to use footbridges will continue, in a bid to ensure the safety of all road users.
The authority’s chief corporate communications officer John Cheboi says that currently, KURA is in the process of cleaning untidy, user-hostile footbridges.
“We have put up 11 footbridges along Outering Road and Mbagathi Way. We are putting up new ones along Ngong Road and repairing old ones along Langata Road,” says Cheboi.
With Nairobians always in a rush to crossing roads, many are lamenting that they avoid using the footbridges because of their “punishing” designs that force them to long distances to reach the other side of the road.
Kura Director-General Eng Silas Kinoti, however, says that the long designs should not be the reason why people are losing their lives.
“This needless loss of lives on our roads is unacceptable. The footbridges are there to protect their lives,” Eng Kinoti says.
According to Eng Kinoti, statistics show that Outering Road is the most affected recording the highest fatalities of pedestrians avoiding using the footbridges, ending up being knocked down while running across the road.
“Statistics of the people killed in road crashes indicate that up to 40 percent of victims are pedestrians. In order to reverse this trend, we have engaged in the rehabilitation of all footbridges and enforcement of their use. All the major city road bridges that were in deplorable condition have been cleaned and made user friendly.”
KURA is also looking at curbing the misuse of footbridges by traders, handcart pushers and bodaboda riders.