The Mules have been in California traveling, walking, and using the county, city, and state public thoroughfares for almost nine years living with respect and reverence for the Earth that supports us. Through this experience, we have come to the obvious observation that the California public thoroughfares, especially the rural thoroughfares, are dangerous and unsafe. To deal with this condition, the Mules have created the Mule Advisory Board to advise the California Governor, State Legislatures, Caltrans and CHP.
The rural county and state roads have been constructed to be very smooth allowing the modern automobile to travel them at extremely high and dangerous speeds. These roads are also very narrow allowing little or no room for automobiles and the other legal users such as equestrians, cyclists, and pedestrians to safely pass each other. Cyclists, pedestrians, and equestrians are being illegally removed from these public thoroughfares simply because there is no room by which to use them alongside motorists.
For over eight years, the Mules have passed a huge amount of roadside memorials representing the many people who have needlessly lost their lives to the unsafe conditions of California’s public roads. The Mules are holding the State of California and Caltrans responsible for the deadly and dangerous road conditions which have been responsible for the bloody carnage which has been allowed to go on far too long.
The Mule Advisory Board has issued the following directives to be implemented immediately:
1) Mandatory speed limit reduction from 55 miles per hour (mph) to 30 mph on all county and state roads where a designated condition of extremely dangerous road has been established. The designated condition of an extremely dangerous road would be any section of a road that has blind curves and a narrow passage with little or no shoulder for all the legal users to pass each other safely. The 30 mph speed limit will be in effect until an alternate pathway for the other legal users (pedestrians, equestrians, and cyclists) is constructed not further than one mile from the line of travel from the road in question.
2) Rest Stops. On any newly constructed alternative pathways for non-motorized travelers, places to stop and rest for not less or more than a 24-hour period must be provided along the route every ten miles.
3) Signage – signs must be posted every four miles on both sides of the road, stamping down and stamping into the public mind that sharing the road is the law. And for the well-being and safety of all legal users this law must be practiced and obeyed.
4) Enforce CA Vehicle Code 21759: The driver of any vehicle that approaches a horse drawn vehicle, any ridden animal, or livestock must exercise proper control of his vehicle and shall reduce speed or stop as may appear necessary to avoid frightening the animal and to insure safety of the person in charge of the animal.
The above directives are to be implemented immediately, for the purpose of bringing a state of the art public thoroughfare and trail system to the people of California.
The Mules will be delivering a copy of the Mules Advisory Board’s directives (shown below) one step at a time, all day every day, to the California Governor and State Legislatures, all CalTrans District Offices, and every CHP District Headquarters. As well, the Mules will be delivering and spreading throughout the State the ever mounting level of energy emanating from our lawsuit, Mules vs. State of California. The energy emanating from this lawsuit will show itself to have no bounds. It will blanket the State and relentlessly work to bring a state of the art public thoroughfare and trail system to the people of California.
MULE ADVISORY BOARD DIRECTIVE:
4 thoughts on “Mule Advisory Board”
Riders will have to do some work and use good judgment that their horses are ready to accept a not just a car but but a tractor trailer to be going by them . Once you get separate trails from the road it will be a lot safer! Sharing the Rd. with nonhorse people driving and some novice horse people is a scary thought!!!
I would love to see the speed limit reduced on a road like Hwy 49- my stretch is between North San Juan and Nevada City. People drive like maniacs!
Other states with much lower taxes provide actual lanes for walkers and bikers not just some white paint in the dirt. California highways and roadways are dangerous for no other reason than greed. These “roadways” are for us all! Thanks for all you do
This is such important work, and you have represented these concerns very well. Thank you. So many equestrians and non vehicle travelers are grateful to you. It is beyond frustrating that other advocacy groups have not taken on this issue yet and helped. I hope this will be the beginning of positive change in the right direction.