We are far from World Toilet Day, the 19th of November, which sounds like potty humour - and its promoters don't shy away from that - in arguing for clean facilities as a human right. www.worldtoiletday.info/
We've also had a thread on Dry Toilets, one possible solution to the great amount of water used by toilets (public and private).
It is true that in the wintertime, where there are available public facilities certainly influences my walking routes (I walk a lot when I can't cycle).
How is the toilet situation for you live, for all sorts of people, disabled, elderly, pregnant, with small children ... homeless and other marginalised people. We've all got to go.
Strangely enough yesterdays The Times had a piece headlined "Can't afford a loo at home? Then sell your wife."
Apparently this is what a local politician told a local during a meeting trying to persuade people to install sanitation. To quote the article "The confrontation underlines the colossal task of installing sanitation in a nation of 1.2 billion people. More than half of Indians do not have access to a toilet and many consider public defecation more hygienic. In many rural areas the new toilet stands idle while villagers continue to defecate in fields."
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
Paris has installed more than 400 "sanisette" public toilets over the years. They are automatic self-cleaning cubicles and were all changed over the past 5 years to be 100% handicap accessible. 150 of them are accessible 24/24, another 30 are available from 06:00 to 01:00 and the others are open from 06:00 to ZZ:00. All of them are free of charge -- all you have to do is push the button if the light is green.
Yes, they are a wonderful innovation. I remember when there was a small fee - really not a lot but some people might simply not have change - nowadays not only the indigent but those who only use debit, credit and other cashless means of payment.
How does the glass lose its transparency when the loo key is turned?
We have nice new "public facilities" at the Jean-Talon market now. They have glass doors but the glass is translucent, not transparent. You can see whether there is an occupant - or, I guess if there are 2 or 3 - but not what they are doing.
K2, when is ZZ;00 - when most people are asleep?
Cheery, the garden centre is reminding people that flowers are sex organs...
The absolute worst public toilets I have ever "experienced" were in Mexico and Istanbul. Virtual holes dug in the ground. I had to squat as high as I physically could and the stench was so bad that I had keep myself from wrenching nausea.
Missoula has a new public toilet in the new "Art Park" located downtown between the Missoula Art Museum and Adventure Cycling's HQ. It's a "Portland Loo". I believe it will be closed during the winter months.
One good thing about the sanisettes is that they are (slightly) heated, so they are bearable in the winter but certainly not toasty. The first generation even had soft music playing, but somewhere along the line they decided that it was stupid/costly/annoying (choose one or more), so the music is gone. Use is limited to 20 minutes maximum, at which point the door is supposed to slide open automatically. I still do not know if this is an idle threat or if it really happens. I'm sure that some of the homeless know.