Kenyans rarely use footbridges. Some say some are too long, insecure, and dirty.
Kenyans have peculiar habits. Very peculiar. Daily, a car knocks down someone somewhere with most cases happening either below or a few meters from a footbridge.
You will find Kenyans trying to pull an “Eliud Kipchoge” across a busy highway while a footbridge is just a few meters away. Are Kenyans impatient, ignorant, or just lazy?
In less than a week, cars knocked down and killed at least 5 people along Outering Road. Guess what? All of them were killed crossing the busy road with a footbridge not far away.
Last week, Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) arrested 300 people, (in less than 10 minutes) along Outering Road who were crossing the road without using a footbridge.
Going forward, those arrested crossing the road without using the footbridges will have to part with between 500 and 5,000 shillings.
“We have put up 11 footbridges along Outering Road, Mbagathi Way, and we are putting up new ones along Ngong’ Road and repairing old ones along Langata Road,” said Mr. Cheboi from KURA.
Most Kenyans who do not take the footbridges say that some of them are too long and take more time to cross to the other side as compared to just crossing the road. But what is more important? Life or time?
But of great concern is the safety of the majority of these footbridges in Nairobi. Some have been taken over by muggers who steal and injure their victims. Most footbridges are a no-go-zone.
Some footbridges have also been taken over by beggars. They are all over like that footbridge at Ngara Fig Tree. It is a paradise for beggars.
Hawkers have also become a menace to most of the footbridges. There is little space for people to walk as all the other space has been taken over by hawkers.
KURA should ensure that footbridges are safe for users.