For non cyclists, critical mass is a social bike riding event, usually for advocacy. Today was one such days in 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
Today I went for a stroll and now I have an excuse to eat ice cream and chocolate bars.
Have a pleasant week everyone.
I cycle for fun. Some of you know this already.
I also cycle to work. Most of you don’t know this. I do this when the weather is good or when I don’t feel like driving and sitting pretty in slow moving traffic looking at the beautiful women and not so handsome men stroll by. That is where the good news end.
For the benefit of those who can’t place Kenya on a world map, it is somewhere in East Africa, a third world country where 46% of the 43 million citizens live below the poverty line and income level is in the lower middle income you would think the engineers who design the roads would plan for pedestrians and cyclists. What we have are roads planned for vehicular transport and a host of drivers who lack courtesy.
It is hectic trying to cycle in this mess.
People’s attitudes towards cyclists must change. Instead of seeing us as things to be avoided on the road, drivers must begin to see us as road users with as much right on the road as they.
Did I say I hate helmets. They tell you to not ride without one. The thing they should tell you is to as much as possible avoid being knocked down. I wear a helmet though. One only hopes motorists will learn to share the road with cyclists and the road engineers will think of pedestrian and cycle lanes.
No blog about cycling is complete without cyclists.
All photos by my good friend Moses