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Why new footbridge on Racecourse road is godsend for many pedestrians – PHOTOS

Pedestrians cross Nairobi River on Racecourse Road before and after the construction of a footbrige. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
Pedestrians cross Nairobi River on Racecourse Road before and after the construction of a footbrige. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
For a long time, pedestrians using Racecourse Road, at the point right where Nairobi River flows, have had to dare, even risk, crossing the narrow footpath.

Every time it rains in Nairobi, Nairobians have to contend with the bigger issue of moving around a city plagued with leaking drainage systems, open sewers and traffic jams that tend to get crazy with the lightest of showers.

For a long time, pedestrians using Racecourse Road, at the point right where Nairobi River flows, have had to dare, even risk, crossing the narrow footpath.

Crossing over the footpath in itself has been a delicate exercise that involves maintaining balance on narrow drainage pipes while holding fast to the guardrails.

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Pedestrians cross Nairobi River over drainage pipes on Racecourse Road. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

The situation would get worse when it rains. With a flooded road full of potholes, walking across the footpath was always dangerous manoeuver with speeding matatus splashing dirty water on pedestrians.

Such were the perils of crossing the bridge on foot during rainy seasons.

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Thankfully, things have gotten better after the construction of a footbridge next to the road for pedestrians to cross the river.

The bridge is wide enough for several pedestrians at a time. It is also secured with guard rails to prevent boda boda riders from competing for the right of way with pedestrians.

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Pedestrians cross the newly-built bridge on Racecourse Road. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

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FRANCIS NDERITU

FRANCIS NDERITU

They say anyone can be a photographer until you get to the "manual" setting, the art and passion that such a career brings forthwith is what makes photography the best career choice one can make. Been doing this since 2009 and it has been the best decision ever.

My work at Nairobi News involves proving online digital content from pictures and videos ranging from different topics and situations one comes across. Events happening around from concerts, art shows, exhibitions and all there is when it comes to entertainment.

Francis Nderitu is a Nairobi-based photographer with an extensive career in media. Currently working as an online photographer for Nation Media Group website Nairobi News. Having an eye for pictures is the art behind being an amazing photographer, I see myself not just being amazing but also amazed at what one can achieve in a matter of seconds when you click your camera.
I like to think as a photographer, you see an image, freeze it in your mind then click away. The feeling of creating art from your images is what gives me pleasure in my line of work.



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