Details of Car-Free Days to be Launched in Nairobi

  • State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu held a press briefing on Sunday where he revealed details of the Nairobi Regeneration programme which is an intergovernmental collaboration between the national and county governments.

    He announced that full car-free days would be introduced in Westlands and the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).

    Organized car-free days are held in various cities across the world where motorists are encouraged to give up their vehicles and has been institutionalized in some areas making it compulsory.

    In Kigali, Rwanda for instance, it was introduced in mid-2016 and takes place on the first Sunday of every month.

    The move is meant to tackle pollution, promote non-motorized transport and encourage physical exercise.

    [caption caption="State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu"][/caption]

    Esipisu also announced that to take on the infamous city traffic, a traffic management committee would be put in place.

    He further promised that the regeneration team would implement the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system and automation of bus termini. 

    Esipisu noted that the BRT launch would be preceded by the availability of 39 buses and improvement of infrastructure on the Langata, Mombasa, Jogoo and Juja roads as well as Waiyaki Way.

    Members of the team who met President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House last week vowed to resign if they failed to deliver within the promised timelines.

    It is co-chaired by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala.

    [caption caption="Members of the regeneration team after meeting President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House"][/caption]