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Passing 300+ cars in 7min: What it's like to ride to work in Nairobi

2016-09-20 08:06

DEALING WITH TRAFFIC IN KENYA: This commuter filmed his daily ride to work. Image: Vimeo / Andy Brown

Cape Town - Heavy traffic, long-hours behind the wheel... what does your daily commute to work entail?

For most South Africans, being bogged down in bumper-to-bumper traffic for hours is a sad reality of using our roads. Then there's the return trip...

Ever wondered what it's like to ride to work in other African countries? A video gives us a glimpse into the daily life of one scooter rider.

Riding a 'Piki Piki'

Scooter rider Andy Brown filmed his daily commute to work in Nairobi, Kenya. In the video, he leaves his home, weaves through traffic, makes his way onto a busy highway. His vehicle of choice? A scooter or what locals refer to as a piki piki in Swahili (suppose we'd call it a poegie).

Brown says he passes 320 vehicles in seven minutes on his piki piki. In the clip he claims that had been driving a car, the trip could take up to two hours. His scooter enables him to complete the trip in 30 minutes.

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Despite getting to work on time, Brown says he has to contend with buses, trucks, animals, pedestrians and 'matatus' (minibus taxis).

Check out the video:

Safety tips for bikers

Arrive Alive lists important safety tips for motorbike riders:

  • Increase your visibility, wear brightly coloured gear and ride with your high-beam on.
  • Ride defensively, yes increase the safety zone around you and keep it that way.
  • Increase and maintain a reaction safe following distance.
  • Know that they are probably not “Thinking Bike”, so you “Think Car”.
  • Act on but don’t react on behaviour of other road users or “cagers” as we like to call them.
  • Don't tailgate.
  • Don’t block the lane.
  • Use your indicator and use your hooter sparingly.
  • No aggressive language, abusive hand gestures and no kicking at cars.
  • Leave your competitiveness for the track.
  • Don't react to another driver's uncivil behaviour; avoid eye contact.
  • Don't be tempted to start a fight or pull any sort of weapon.

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