Wait for Mule Days Parade day to place chairs on route

Caltrans press release

Bishop – With the Bishop Mule Days event rapidly approaching, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) would like to remind the public of their goal to provide safe access for pedestrians on downtown sidewalks days before the Mule Days Parade.

To facilitate providing safe access on the sidewalks, please do not place chairs or other objects on the sidewalk (or within the State Right of Way) prior to Saturday, May 27th, 2017. With this in mind, Caltrans will remove unattended chairs or other objects. All chairs (or other objects) will be securely stored and can be claimed by the owners at our local office at 500 South Main Street in Bishop during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Please note, the office will be closed between Friday, May 26, 5:00 pm and Tuesday, May 30, 8:00 am for the Memorial Day Weekend and Holiday.

Caltrans is mandated to maintain a sidewalk free of obstructions in order to promote safety and enhance accessibility for pedestrians. This has been significantly constrained due to the large number of chairs and other obstructions roped, chained or otherwise strung together on the sidewalk for days before the parade.  Caltrans appreciates your understanding and cooperation.

Enjoy the parade!

Note: Caltrans authority to remove unauthorized objects is contained in California Streets and Highways Code Section 721, and unattended chairs or other objects are a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 23112.7.


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11 Responses to Wait for Mule Days Parade day to place chairs on route

  1. Charles O. Jones May 18, 2017 at 8:35 am #

    Just curious, to those up in arms over this, how long do you think chairs should be allowed to sit out and obstruct public sidewalks? One week? One month? One year? It’s easy to sit back and take pot shots at government agencies in the comments section, but what alternatives do you think are reasonable?

    Personally, I think the whole notion of entitlement by merely placing a chair ahead of time is a bit silly anyway. Public space should be available to those who are willing to arrive first. Not to those who plop a chair down days ahead of time and feel like they own the space.

  2. How Sad May 15, 2017 at 11:12 am #

    So does Cal Trans own the sidewalk or the City of Bishop? If City of Bishop there is no ordinance. If Cal Trans what is the law?

    • Jack May 16, 2017 at 5:37 am #

      Read the note at the bottom of the article.

  3. BobM May 15, 2017 at 10:38 am #

    The best thing about the parade is riding bicycles down the middle of main when the parade is over… drunker the seven Indians & seven cowboys put together.

  4. Steve May 14, 2017 at 9:49 am #

    CalTrans, thanks for keeping this stupid annual mess off our sidewalks. Having chairs lined up along Main Street days before the parade just looks like laziness. Come early for good seating.

  5. B.B.G May 13, 2017 at 8:55 am #

    Donald must be the one in the office, bored out of his mind with the power trip! Donald is jealous because he did not get any of the brain that trouble or dan got!

  6. Donald Salac May 12, 2017 at 6:37 pm #

    Trouble meet Dan Morley
    Two A-holes sharing a common brain.

    • Trouble May 13, 2017 at 6:01 am #

      Donald welcomethought to freedom of the press. at it’s best. I thought I summed up my personal feelings pretty good already.Guess you did to.

  7. Understood May 12, 2017 at 1:46 pm #

    This is a vehicle code violation, not someone’s power trip.

  8. Dan Morley May 11, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

    What a joke! Must be some person in the office that got some authority and it’s going to their head.

  9. Trouble May 11, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

    I would have thought Caltrans had better things to do then take old ladies chairs away from them.


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