We need more public restrooms in DC. But how do we make them usable for all?

Published in Greater Greater Washington

DC is inching towards increasing its number of public restrooms with the passage of a 2018 law that would add two new facilities and incentivize business owners to open their bathrooms to the public. However, many public restroom designs aren’t accessible to many of their potential users.

As part of my planning degree at the University of Maryland, I research public restrooms. A repeated theme of my findings is that having a restroom is only part of any solution—the facility also needs to be usable to as many people as possible. There are some simple strategies that can help, namely consultation, checklists, and staffing.

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