The Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) has listed 6 roads within Nairobi that will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, to allow for the Grand Nairobi Bike Race.
Motorists planning to use Uhuru Highway, Lang’ata Road, and Haile Selassie Avenue have been advised to seek alternate routes to avoid traffic inconveniences, that might arise from the four and a half-hour-long event.
Aerodrome, Lower Hill, and Bunyala Roads will also be affected, KURA says.
The event is driven at raising awareness on environmental conservation and is sponsored by Safaricom PLC and the Nairobi City-County, among others.
The participants will convene at Uhuru Gardens before kickoff of the three races categories: Family ride, elite, and black mamba race.
The event organisers aim at raising funds to enable the planting of 1,000,000 trees in the push for a sustainable country.
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“Cyclists ranging from children, recreational, and professional cyclists will grace the streets of Nairobi. The event encourages participation from cyclists through corporate teams racing, as well as serving as an opportunity for elite, professional, amateur and recreational cyclists within the sport to compete against some of the best competition from the region,” reads a statement on the event website.
The race will be the first-ever of its kind within Nairobi County.
“This event is poised to become a marquee event for both spectators and athletes. Based on the existing cyclist database, we forecast substantial participants and spectators, with exposure increasing with the success of the event in years to come,” said the event organisers.