DC Public Restrooms – CLEAN, SAFE PUBLIC RESTROOM AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE IN NEEDED AREAS OF WASHINGTON DC

DC PUBLIC RESTROOMS

OUR OBJECTIVE

Assist in ensuring successful implementation of two public restroom pilots provided for under Law 22-280, Public Restroom Facilities Installation & Promotion Act of 2018

LAW 22-280

PUBLIC RESTROOMS FACILITIES INSTALLATION & PROMOTION ACT OF 2018

Directs the DC government to implement two restroom pilots:

Stand Alone Public Restroom Pilot

Purchase, install and maintain two standalone public restrooms available 24/7 in two areas in DC.

Community Restroom Incentives Pilot

Select a Business Investment District (BID) to identify business and provide incentives to make their restrooms available to the public.

LAW 22-280

HIGHLIGHTS

PUBLIC RESTROOMS FACILITIES

INSTALLATION & PROMOTION ACT OF 2018

WHAT THE NEWS MEDIA HAS TO SAY ABOUT MORE CLEAN, SAFE PUBLIC RESTROOMS IN NEEDED AREAS OF DC

Curbed DC, June 3, 2019

A nearly unprecedented advocacy effort has been undertaken by dedicated activists representing residents experiencing homelessness, senior citizens, residents with medical conditions, parents, tourists, and everyone who finds themselves in need of a restroom. … A network of public restrooms will help the District catch up to peer cities around the world, provide all people in the District the opportunity to fulfill their basic human needs in a dignified, safe, and sanitary way, and repay the incredible advocacy of our residents in favor of this necessary public resource.

Washington Post, January 23, 2019

The more I talk to people, the more I realize people are constantly finding themselves in a situation where they need to use a bathroom,” said D.C. Council member Brianne K. Nadeau (D-Ward 1), who wrote the legislation to expand public bathrooms. “If you are lucky to buy a $4 coffee, it’s not a problem. But if they can’t, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be able to go to the bathroom.

The Hill Rag, October 22, 2018

The lack of access to bathrooms is not merely an inconvenience—it can have devastating health consequences. Dr. Catherine Crossland of Unity Healthcare testified about her patients skipping lifesaving blood pressure, heart and HIV/AIDS medications because they can lead to an urgent need for the restroom.he more I talk to people, the more I realize people are constantly finding themselves in a situation where they need to use a bathroom,” said D.C. Council member Brianne K. Nadeau (D-Ward 1), who wrote the legislation to expand public bathrooms. “If you are lucky to buy a $4 coffee, it’s not a problem. But if they can’t, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be able to go to the bathroom.

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