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Kenyan Road Named The Most Dangerous in The World

Though expanded four years ago to ease the commute, Outer Ring Road has become a killer route instead, and now the United Nations high-level meeting on road safety has described it as one of the most unsafe in the world.

Speaking during the just-concluded UN high-level meeting Urban Mobility expert Claudia Adriazola-Steil gave an example of the 13-kilometre road saying that it is unsafe.

“An example from Kenya, which is not the only example, around the world this happens over and over again. But there was an investment in a highway, an urban highway named Outering in Nairobi. That, in the first nine months of 2021. It had been the most dangerous road in the city with very (many) fatalities. Ninety per cent of them were pedestrians…,” she told the UN.

Ms Adriazola-Steil has worked in the transport sector for over two decades and focuses on the intersection of sustainable mobility, climate change, public health and equity.

As a senior director of a company known as WRI, she was instrumental in developing one of the most innovative road safety programs in the world, based on the Safe System Approach and making connections to sustainability and equity.

In March, the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) said in a survey that one is more likely to die on Outering Road, Nairobi, than on any other city road.

Outering Road accounted for 44 of the 371 deaths recorded last year. It was followed closely by Waiyaki Way, which claimed 38 lives, and Mombasa Road with 29 deaths.

In 2021, Embakasi West MP George Theuri urged the government to erect barricades along Outer Ring Road in Nairobi, so as to curb the rising cases of accidents and deaths.

The lawmaker noted that the increasing deaths of pedestrians who attempt to cross the busy dual carriage highway instead of using footbridges are on the rise.

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