Pattern of pedestrian injuries in the city of Nairobi: implications for urban safety planning

This paper examines road traffic injuries and deaths involving pedestrians in Nairobi, Kenya, using road data from traffic injury admissions to Kenyatta National Hospital between June 1, 2011 and August 31, 2011. Of the 176 road traffic injury admissions, pedestrians represented the largest percentage (59.1%), followed by motor vehicle passengers (24.4%) and motor cyclists (9.7%). Cars accounted for the largest percentage of motorized four-wheel vehicles involved in collisions (39.4%), followed by matatus (35.5%). Among other findings, 70% of pedestrians were hit while crossing the road and the highest proportion of pedestrian crashes occurred on Saturdays and Sundays. The authors suggest that pedestrian safety should be a priority in Nairobi’s road safety effort and that existing cost-effective interventions should be adapted by urban road safety planners to improve pedestrian safety. Such interventions could include area-wide traffic calming to limit motor vehicle speed to 30 km/h, providing pedestrian sidewalks, traffic calming in residential neighborhoods, people-oriented road design, traffic education, and traffic law enforcement.

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  • Accession Number: 01498958
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 11 2013 3:38PM