Critical mass Nairobi


Last Saturday we had a cycling event in Nairobi whose aims are

Making Nairobi a more cyclist friendly city and getting people out of their cars and onto bicycles.

You are welcome to join us on the 27th of February, 0900Hrs

 

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About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

17 thoughts on “Critical mass Nairobi

  1. Chicago is trying to become less lethal to black men by telling its police not to kill them. Not quite the same thing as increasing cycling paths, but a noble cause nonetheless.

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  2. john zande says:

    Good luck with it

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    • makagutu says:

      i hope it helps change attitudes
      how are things in Brazil? your politicians are still corrupt? or did they all have a change of heart?

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      • john zande says:

        Funny you should mention that… They all realised the ills of their ways and have returned the $50 billion they stole from Petrobras, as well as the $300 billion they’ve stolen from health/education/defense in the last 8 years.

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        • makagutu says:

          There is hope with politicians!
          How did this happen? Did someone break their legs?
          There is a scandal here that the supreme Court justices could have received bribes amounting to millions of dollars in some landmark cases

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  3. Happy to see this image! I’m an avid cycler and love the freedom it brings.

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  4. basenjibrian says:

    I am guessing Kenyans do not have the enraged sense of entitlement that Autosexuals do in the US? People are infuriated if there is even a moment’s delay in the progress of the 5,000 pound personal suburban assault vehicles. Cyclists are somehow an insult to their manhood of their AMERIKAN FUK YEAH status.

    (Not denying their can be cyclist jerks, too. Too many in Northern California, the Home of the Entitled!)

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  5. fojap says:

    I was nearly hit by a bicycle on Monday. I waited at the corner until the light said I could walk. There was a truck parked near the corner, just before the crosswalk. When the light turned, I started to walk across the street. A cyclist, whose view was obstructed by the truck, and who must have known that his view was obstructed, ran the light and rode at full speed an inch away from my face. It gave me enough of a shock that I had that feeling of adrenaline racing through your body with a sort of tightness in the chest followed by a wave of nausea.

    Cyclist cause a lot of accidents here. Unfortunately, no one advocates for pedestrians. The cycling organizations are very aggressive. Cyclists should be licensed and tested like drivers.

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    • makagutu says:

      That does sound very scary. It is not very clever to cruise where one can’t see far ahead.
      Cycling related accidents here are usually cars knocking cyclists down. Few involve pedestrians.
      Since everyone at one time or another is a pedestrian, it should be easy to advocate for them

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  6. Scottie says:

    Wow three thoughts I have on this. First I grew up in the country ( more cows than people ) with narrow roads and yet back then we kids could bike anywhere all day. We often made a day of it going from grand parents home to the next , always getting cookies and treats, my own grandfather use to sit in the driveway and check each boy’s bike and fix them as needed. We would do this from morning to dark all summer long. Never did we or the cars have a problem.

    However I have read of other countries doing great things with getting people out of cars and onto bikes, even having free bikes to use at different places. That won’t work in most of my country sadly because we are so spread out and used to our comforts. We all want our books on audio, our air Conditioning or headed seats, we don’t want to use any effort. It is a sad thing but while most countries concentrate their urban centers we in my country seem to think we are given the right to spread as far as possible and have much more land and home than we can ever use. Heck in the city I live in we can’t even get a decent bus system, much less the grand subways and busses I used in Berlin when I was there.

    Third here is pride. While some people have made it a movement to be proud of their bikes and skill, even though the roads don’t give them the room or paths I saw in Germany when I was there, it is a point of pride in my country to have your own car or truck or SUV, in fact until recently Ron and I had two even though we did not need two and I feel a real need to have a second one just for me.. and I don’t drive. I have never before been without my own vehicle. In my country, at least in us older people ( surveys say the new young adults don’t feel the same way … but they use their parents cars.. and there is two or three so no problem ) I find not having a vehicle I can say is my own bothers me, even though again I don’t drive and we have a great van that Ron takes me anywhere I want to go in. In the USA we don’t have a good train system, which we should, I loved the trains in Germany and went all over, and we don’t have any kind of decent bus system. In Berlin I could go to a subway station, totally clean and nice, at any time and the trains were on time… no problem, and no fear. Here you here of people being groped and assaulted, even killed on the subways that some cities have, all the time.
    So given all that , I will stick to my own car, and be safe and comfortable, and yes I try to give the bikers their space, but our roads are not designed for that yet. Thanks and hugs

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