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Nairobi is planning car-free days. They could bring many benefits - Nairobi News - 9 months ago, 6 July 06:48

Haneen Khreis

Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, is the second most congested city in the world. To reduce congestion, Nairobi County has proposed car-free Wednesdays and Saturdays in two of the busiest parts of the city.

With private cars off the road, the plan is to include more buses, a light railway and a rapid bus transit system.

Though no specific date has been set for the car-free initiative, major roads leading to the city are being upgraded to facilitate the new systems. The county government says the changes on Nairobi’s roads would take six months.

All of these changes will need to be done quickly and efficiently. Given the lack of public transport infrastructure in the city, those who can’t afford a private vehicle generally commute using buses or matatus (40.6 per cent) – privately owned minibuses which will be phased out. And those who ...
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