Esther Passaris rides to parliament

If there is anyone who knows how to best beat traffic jams in Nairobi, then it must be Esther Passaris.

The Nairobi Woman Representative on Tuesday rode a bicycle to parliament from her home in Kitusuru, in a bid to promote cycling as an alternative means of transport.

Born in the coastal city of Mombasa, Passaris admitted that cycling in the city is not a walk in the park.

"Feeling elated for a successful ride from my home to Parliament this afternoon. Admittedly, cycling in Nairobi is a daunting task loaded with many risks, but that shouldn't be the case," she tweeted.

The mother of two, on Saturday surprised Nairobi city motorists when she rode a bicycle for 15 kilometers along Mombasa Road.

This was in a bid to educate city residents on the importance of adopting cycling as an alternative means of transport in East and Central Africa's largest city.

Traffic jams have been a perennial problem facing Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.