It does not need any research to realize that Africa’s more so Kenya’s middle class is growing. This class is bound to increase upwards especially now that in six years time we will have joined the oil club, These is an exclusive club of countries that pride themselves with being oil producers and from what the papers are saying we may be having an oil reserve bigger than that of Uganda and Ghana. Anyway on matters concerning oil I just feel that the government should use the petrol dollars to uplift the lives of people in the northern frontier more so Turkana county as it is the cradle of that oil before the rest of the country. The underdevelopment of this place lies in uncoordinated resource allocation by successive governments since independence, oil is a tricky topic from what I hear it comes with a certain curse I will write about it when I finally migrate to Turkana so watch this space.

   Traffic congestion is a condition on road networks that occurs as use increases, and is characterized by slower speeds, longer trip times, and increased vehicular queueing. The most common example is the physical use of roads by vehicles. When traffic demand is great enough that the interaction between vehicles slows the speed of the traffic stream, this results in some congestion. As demand approaches the capacity of a road (or of the intersections along the road), extreme traffic congestion sets in. When vehicles are fully stopped for periods of time, this is colloquially known as a traffic jam or traffic snarl-up.


Traffic jam

 According to Time magazine, São Paulo has the world’s worst daily traffic jams. On June 10, 2009, the historical record was set with more than 293 kilometres (182 mi) of accumulated queues out of 835 km (522 mi) being monitored.Despite implementation since 1997 of road space rationing by the last digit of the plate number during rush hours every weekday, traffic in this 20 million city still experiences severe congestion. According to experts, this is due to the accelerated rate of motorization occurring since 2003, in São Paulo the fleet is growing at a rate of 7.5% per year, with almost 1,000 new cars bought in the city every day, and the limited capacity of public transport.


The August 2010 China National Highway 110 traffic jam in Hebei  province, China, is considered the world’s worst traffic jam ever, as traffic congestion stretched more than 100 kilometres  (62 mi) from August 14 to the 26, including at least 11 days of total gridlock. The event was caused by a combination of road works and thousands of coal trucks from Inner Mongolia’s coalfields that travel daily to Beijing. The New York Times has called this event the “Great Chinese Gridlock of 2010.



    In Kenya Nairobi and Mombasa was where you would experience traffic jams. Some of us more so upcountry folks we knew traffic jams from listening to the radio or watching on the tube. But times have changed traffic snarl up is spreading to the second and third tier towns places like Eldoret have one of the worst traffic for a town of its size, Kisumu  issue of traffic is more evident in the morning and the evening due to commuters to work and those homebound. What is causing all this lies on lack of expansion of the physical infrastructure places like Eldoret the idea of creating a bypass for trucks was mooted long time ago but it has never been adopted. The Kisumu bypass I believe is under construction Recently I saw a number of road construction machinery working on it.

      Another factor that is responsible for the traffic jams is the rise of the middle class who feel that owning a car is a must I can’t blame them as the government has done nothing to bring sanity to our public transport sector, Curitiba in Brazil has one of the most efficient public transport system with articulated buses as the main carriers of traffic this helps reduce the need of private cars, But the people charged with policy formulation and implementation seem to be alright with the current situation as you will find more having a fleet of matatus (which have proved inefficient though serve the purpose ) on the road.

  The future of urban governance in Kenya’s emerging cities should put at the forefront policies and techniques to tackle the problem that traffic will pose in future this can be achieved through densification of these areas and mixed land use so that we can help arrest the issue of Urban sprawl and reduce the distance  to activity generators.

 As we continue to create traffic jams in future through each one of us harbouring ambitions of owning a car just because we feel travelling in a public means is cheap. And  through our government not ensuring that sanity prevails in the public transport sector let us  also be ready for loss in man hours, environmental degradation through pollution from vehicles exhaust fumes (unless we will be driving cars powered by green fuels) this is bound to happen and many other shortcomings attributed to traffic jams.

Food of Thought: Why is it that when it rains traffic jams seem to be on steroids.

  1. Jedikke says:

    Argument invalid! on 8 Februari 1999 was the worst traffic jam in holland. the traffic jam was in length 975 kilometers. so that jam was pooopech

  2. surendra soni says:

    nt gud!:(

  3. Amused says:

    The Traffic Jam photo is fake. It’s a heavily photoshopped image of the 405 in Los Angeles. Proof here:

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