Today morning’s impalement of the Nyeri Governor’s Benz on the metal spear that is a guard rail calls to mind many questions on road design, our culture of short cuts and the fabric of our drivers as regards sensible use of the road.
The authorities can rightly call wananchi out on how we walk, ride, drive and treat our infrastructure.
We’ll steal the signage, vandalize the metal guard rails and manhole covers, jay walk across 6-lane dual carriage ways, knock down barrier posts so we can drive on pedestrian walkways, fly on the roads like maniacs . That’s just us. A flaw in the core that maybe only pressure and heat can fix.
But we can call the authorities out on how safe they make the roads for us.
Who certifies a road project complete? And using what criteria? Signage, banked turns, shoulder design, cyclists’ lanes, foot paths, road markings, foot bridges and tunnels, etc.
That guard rail was supposed to collapse with the Governor’s car, not go through it.
When on one road, barely 5 years old, a pedestrian’s tunnel has never been usable, not because it’s been invaded by those who sleep rough, but because a mound of earth at one end of the tunnel was never cleared, so we make a mad dash across Langata Road to the Animal Orphanage; or when pupils on foot share a road (with their backs to traffic) with motorists, because the pedestrian walkway has been dug up for a cable installation (which is being done at a leisurely pace) we can wag a finger at the powers that be.
True. It reminds me of a heated debate I had with a colleague about Salgaa yesterday. He claimed that it was carelessness of our drivers that cause accidents and that the government is not to blame. My take was that be as it may that we are peculiar people, the government should try to protect us from ourselves. Someone was explaining here how in Germany, once a place has been identified as a blackspot, engineers are sent to study the road and the government redesigns it to protect people.
Most roads in Kenya are death traps due to poor design, lack of maintenance leading to massive potholes and most importantly, mad reckless drivers so that every time you are on the roads, the chances of perishing are quite significant.
Leo civil Engs tumeanikwa
Some guard rail ends are treated this way
Others this way
Sina experience na road design lakini iko shida mahali hapo.
In my shaggs we have a road constructed in the 90s. The guard rails are in good shape and they are of good design, with curling ends. I will take a photo next time am there. The issue here is that our safety is no longer the concern of these people (both the leaders and the contractors).
I asked in a recent thread anyone to show me any evidence road engineers in Kenya are able to seriously think about road design. Many thought I was insulting them but I wasn’t.
The evidence is there for everyone to see everywhere on the roads.