We all need to use a restroom several times a day. This is especially important for people who are restroom challenged (including seniors, young children, and people taking certain medications) because when nature calls, they have to go urgently. Walkers; joggers; bicyclists; taxi,Uber and Lyft drivers; parents of toddlers; and people experiencing homelessness benefit too. So do tourists — and that’s an important industry for the city. However, those who cannot find a restroom when nature calls and are caught urinating or defecating in public risk a fine of up to $500, 90 days in jail, or both.
One proposed solution comes in the form of Bill 22-0223, the Public Restroom Facilities Installation & Promotion Act of 2017. Bill 22-0223 establishes a working group to identify an appropriate model and sites for 24/7 stand-alone public restrooms. It also directs the working group to propose a program to provide incentives to private businesses to make their restrooms available to the public during the hours they are open.
The guidance included in Bill 22-0223 is taken from lessons learned and best practices of cities in the US and elsewhere that have been successful in installing and maintaining clean, safe, and accessible public restrooms.
Tell the DC Council: WE NEED MORE CLEAN, SAFE PUBLIC RESTROOM AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE DOWNTOWN.