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Cyclists Block Thika Superhighway in Protest

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Cyclists in Nairobi blocked Thika Superhighway on Saturday morning  during a protest following the death of Caleb Omwoyo who was killed after colliding with a bus on September 16.Caleb Omwoyo, who was hit by a matatu as he cycled home on Thika Road.

The protest was in memory of the 22-years-old who died after hitting an instantly stopped bus from Kenya Mpya Sacco on Wednesday.

The cyclists carrying charts with different messages protested of reckless driving habits, especially passenger service vehicles.

They called upon the Government to introduce a cycling lane in public roads and the need of every motorist to embrace respect for every road user.

Cyclists assembled at Jevanjee Gardens. Nairobi CBD and began cycling towards Thika Superhighway.

In their hundreds, they caused a disruption along the busy road where they chanted “Justice for Caleb” while lifting their helmets in the air.

Cyclists on Thika Superhighway on September 19, 2020

Nairobi Women Rep Esther Passaris who had joined them decried that Omwoyo was only 22 when he died.

“Thank you for coming out and when you go home, say a prayer for Caleb and all the people who have lost their lives because of going out in their bicycles,” she said.

She highlighted the government’s need to consider cyclists while coming up with road designs to give them the space needed.

A group of cyclists led by Crispus Mahea launched a petition to get justice for the late Omwoyo demanding the arrest of the bus driver who was involved in the accident that killed him.

 

Cyclists assemble at the spot where Caleb Omwoyo died along Thika Super Highway, Nairobi on September 19, 2020

 

Cyclist Nichole Rider holding a Kenya flag during a peaceful ride in memory of Caleb Omwoyo on September 19 2020.

Cyclists at Allsops along Thika Road protesting against reckless road users on September 19 2020.

A crowd of cyclist raise their helmets in respect of one of their own Caleb Omwoyo died while cycling home.

Cyclists pose for a photo during a protest against reckless road users on September 19 2020.

Cyclist at Jevanjee Gardens Nairobi after holding a peaceful protest on September 19 2020.

Cyclist pose for a photo during a protest by cyclist condemning reckless road users on September 19 2020.

Nairobi Women Representative Esther Passaris address cyclist during the protest at Safari Park Nairobi on September 19 2020.

Nairobi Women Representative Esther Passaris address cyclist during the protest at Safari Park Nairobi on September 19 2020.