Hon Naisula Lesuda, the Member of Parliament for Samburu West is drafting for a bill to advocate for cycling and walking lanes that aid in attaining sustainable road transport systems in kenya are in Place and prioritized. – By Lynn Kyalo.
She said The bill has been approved by the speaker of the National Assembly and is undergoing drafting and review process before publication and introduction in the house.
“If we don’t take action now, history will judge us harshly for normalising the discrimination of cyclists and pedestrians on our Kenyan roads,this has to stop ” she said.
Hon. Lesuda urged the government to consider non motorized transport means, as a cure to the perennial traffic jams in the city, as opposed to expanding highways.
“Why build roads for cars only while the majority of Kenyans do not own vehicles or afford public transport costs? We have been blinded from seeing injustice perhaps due to privilege, our socialization, attitude and lack of prioritisation.”
“The good news is, we can turn this around for the public good by amending the discriminatory laws and policies and ultimately have a Just Road System” She added.
She has promised to advocate for the rights of pedestrians and cyclists by all means by ensuring safe, well connected and marked NMT infrastructure is put in place which will enable a shift to green mobility in urban areas.
Cycling as a means of transport in Nairobi continues to gain momentum after the recent influx of motor vehicles continues to cause a traffic nightmare for motorists.
Among Kenya’s prominent cyclists is Mama Rachel Ruto, wife to the Deputy President William Ruto, who has been at the forefront in riding alongside cyclists in the country in the path to accepting a non-motorized transport system in the country.