First things first.
Where is Ruiru Bypass in Nairobi?
Ruiru Bypass is located at the intersection of Thika Road and Eastern Bypass. If you’re coming from Nairobi CBD, it is after Kenyatta University Main Campus.
Thika Road divides Ruiru Bypass into two: the upper side is Membley/Kihunguro and the lower side is Kamakis.
Here’s what to expect when you move to Ruiru Bypass.
Before we go on, here’s an opportunity for you to start a business in Kamakis.
Where do I board matatu to Ruiru Bypass?
The Ruiru Bypass matatu stage in Nairobi is located at the Commercial bus stop. You can also board the buses along Ronald Ngara Street.
Fare from Nairobi CBD to Ruiru Bypass
Ksh. 50 during off-peak hours
Ksh. 80-100 during rush hour.
Let’s do the math. If you commute daily to town in the morning and get back in the evening, this is what your budget will look like.
(100×2) x 5 days = 1,000
1,000 x 4 weeks = 4,000
In addition to rent, you’ll spend approximately Ksh. 4,000 in fares per month if you decide to live in Ruiru Bypass.
Traffic jam pain points
The main traffic jam pain points are the Muthaiga/Pangani area, the Globe Roundabout as you enter the CBD, and the stretch from Allsops (GSU HQs) to Garden City Mall in the evening.
You may also experience traffic jams if the matatu or bus you’re in joins a service lane to drop off or pick up passengers.
Painfully notorious for this type of jam is the Githurai 44 main stage. Maaan, the traffic jam here will make you wanna cry. But these days it’s well managed by the traffic police.
Otherwise, it’s a smooth ride along the highway.
Fare from Ruiru Bypass to Kahawa West
Fare from Ruiru Bypass to K.U Referral Hospital
Fare from Ruiru Bypass to Tatu City
Fare from Ruiru Bypass to Bima Road
Fare from Ruiru Bypass to Githunguri
Fare from Ruiru Bypass to Kamae
Fare from Ruiru Bypass to Kiwanja
Fare from Ruiru Bypass to Karuguru
Fare from Ruiru Bypass to Ruai
Fare from Ruiru Bypass to Mashinani
Fare from Ruiru Bypass to Kona
Fare from Ruiru Bypass to Cabanas
I visited the Kihunguro area, then Kamakis, and all the 10 people I talked to said they had NO water problem.
Kihunguro is on the Membly side.
Food prices in Ruiru Bypass
6 of the 10 people I talked to said that food prices in Ruru Bypass are usually average-priced.
4 of them said they consider them high.
They told me that they shop for cheaper groceries in bulk in Githurai market or Ruiru market.
Those around Kamakis get cheap food supplies from an area called Destiny.
Is Ruiru Bypass safe?
This year 2023, there have been 0 cases of insecurity in Ruiru Bypass reported in the media.
And what about unreported cases?
For the unreported cases, I talked to the residents.
Those in Kihunguro told me it’s safe, with few cases of theft early in the morning at around 5 a.m. and late at night from 10 p.m.
Some have fallen victim to bodaboda gangs who snatch mobile phones from unsuspecting residents.
Kamakis is safer since most residential houses here are gated with guards manning them.
Let’s start with the Membley side.
Hardwares! Hardwares! Hardwares! Goodness me, hardwares are everywhere. Every other shop is a hardware.
Timber yards and furniture workshops follow closely.
This area has the space for such businesses. There are also sufficient spaces on either side of the Eastern bypass for parking, loading, and offloading.
Clubs, wines and spirits are other popular businesses here.
Then hotels and small shops. Keep in mind that the residents in Membley estate mostly do their main shopping in nearby malls, then buy small household stuff in the shops.
Let’s cross over to the Kamakis side
It’s hard to talk about Kamakis without mentioning nyamachoma! If you’ve never been to this place, please make a point of visiting it.
Meat points are popular here, ever busy.
And timber yards.
What residents love about Ruiru Bypass
“Easy access to Eastern Bypass and Thika Superhighway.”
“Businesses are doing well.”
“Businesses pick very fast especially those targeting students and young people.”
“Good private schools.”
What residents don’t like about Ruiru Bypass
“Expensive houses (but nice).”
“Expensive commodities like groceries.”
“Dusty roads. Passing cars and wind raise the dust. It’s a health risk for people running businesses along the roads.”
“Flooded roads when it rains.”
“Alcoholism is wasting away young people.”
“Frequent power blackouts.”
“High internet prices.”
“High grocery prices.”
“Nonfunctional street lighting.”