The slide behind me says “Clean, free and safe public toilets are a vital dimension of walkability.”
My presentation for the team at Mobilise VUB last week was a mix of a few different aspects of my research & media advocacy, to include this vital and sorely neglected topic of public toilets.
Last year we established a #ToiletEquity series here at Pedestrian Space to offer space for dialogue, awareness building and knowledge exchange on the issues surrounding provision of free, clean, safe and well-maintained public toilets in communities around the world.
Earlier this year, upon the invitation of Professor Jo-Anne Bichard I participated in The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design ‘Design Convenience: designing sustainable urban environments’ event at which I also shared my nascent research and media advocacy on toilet equity (which is also, as for many people, connected to decades of experiencing terrible provision of safe, clean and free public toilets in cities around the world).
I also include a best practice in public toilets provision that I am documenting here in Warsaw.
Look forward to sharing more and we definitely need to amplify those best practices we observe as cities everywhere need to implement them & learn from each other.