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How to navigate city roads during Jubilee Grand Nairobi Bike Race

Roads from KICC through Uhuru Highway all the way to Nyayo Stadium, through Langata, and a round trip past the Southern Bypass will be closed from 6 am to 2 pm on Sunday, 26th November for the Annual Jubilee Live Free Race powered by the Grand Nairobi Bike Race. Vehicles coming from Mombasa to the CBD are advised to use alternative routes through Enterprise Road to DT Dobie and join Lusaka Road, City Stadium, then back to the CBD.

Motorists from Thika Road headed to Mombasa, on the other hand, can use Ojijo Road, Thika Road, Muranga Road, through the CBD, connect to Landhis Road, City Stadium, and move out. Vehicles from Nakuru are advised to use the expressway and Southern Bypass. From the western direction heading to the CBD, motorists are advised to use Museum or University Roundabout or Nyayo House Roundabout, then proceed to Globe or Kenyatta Avenue down and back. Within the CBD, City Hall Way, Harambee Avenue, and Parliament Road will not be accessible for motorists to make room for the Bike Race.

The Annual Jubilee Live Free Race powered by the Grand Nairobi Bike Race is the largest bike race held in Kenya, with participants from over 20 countries and over 1200 registrations for this year’s second edition. The race is set to start and stop at KICC Parliament Road.

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Jubilee Live Free Race

Johnson Chiunga, Chair of Kenya Cycling, spoke at the announcement of temporary traffic diversions ahead of the upcoming second edition of the Jubilee Live Free Race. He stated that when they initiated the Grand Nairobi Bike Race in 2019 and organized the first edition of the bike race in the country, they envisioned creating a grand event for cyclists, a place where all small races would converge.

By partnering with Jubilee, which contributed Kes20 million, they successfully doubled participation in this year’s second edition, transforming it into an international event with participants from Uganda, South Sudan Juba, Tanzania, Kenya, and The Congo. This initiative aligns with Jubilee’s “live free” motto, particularly focusing on physical well-being following the recent launch of the ‘Maisha Fiti’ program aimed at promoting wellness.

Stephen Njogu, from KURA Corporate Communications, emphasized their commitment to fostering a smart city and reducing carbon emissions. Their primary objective is to develop, rehabilitate, and maintain urban roads while dignifying non-motorized transport. This involves providing walkways and cycle lanes, implementing a 1-meter cycle lane or 2.5 meters where space allows.

“Five years ago, we shifted our focus towards non-motorized transport. Where we have the space, we install a 1-meter cycling lane, and where feasible, we allocate 2.5 meters. The provision of cycle lanes is integral to our efforts to create a smart city. The concept revolves around reducing carbon emissions. The key to achieving this reduction is through walking and cycling,” explained Stephen Njogu of KURA Corporate Communications.

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