The Search for a Good, Accessible Public Restroom
We are constantly on the lookout for "good" restroom facilities. Whether shopping, dining out, taking a simple road trip, attending church services or a theater production the entire activity becomes a bit problematic as we have to be constantly on watch for a "good" ADA compliant restroom to use.
Public restrooms that meet (or exceed) ADA requirements, can be as scarce as hen's teeth, at least here in Utah. And we are not alone in this observation. When we find a good one, it gets marked on our map so we'll know where to stop the next time we are in that area.>
Characteristics of a Good ADA Compliant Public Restroom
- Parking lot accessibility. This goes without saying. Can't get in the building? Forget the restroom.
- Safe sidewalk kept clear in bad weather with proper railings and pedestrian cuts.
- ADA width doorway into the building.
- ADA width doorway into the restroom.
- ADA width doorway to the stall.
- Stall should meet or exceed the 5 ft. radius, UNIMPEEDED! (Don't fill that space with "stuff". Leave the floor space clear)
- Stall should have some clear space for a personal assistant, should the need arise.
- Accessible sink.
- Reachable towel dispenser and garbage can.
- Easy way out! The restroom space should not be so tight that persons cannot pass to enter or exit the room.
- Clean and neat.
Linda has begun collecting photos of public restrooms that illustrate good (or BAD) restroom design. This will allow consumers to develop an eye for good design, safety features and assist in choosing designs for their own personal use. Keep in mind these restrooms are, in most instances, in daily use.