Public Restroom Locators
Below is a list of public restroom locators web sites. Please note our concern that many of the locations are private businesses and not public restrooms. While being directed to a large box store or a food court may not be a problem, many people will hesitate when they realize they’ve been directed to a restaurant or other small business. Many of these smaller venues also have limited hours of operation.
The American Restroom Association suggests that restroom locator publishers consider the following listing criteria:
- Highlight or add emphasis to those facilities available year-round, 7 days a week and at least between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm, including holidays.
- Where portable sanitation units (porta-johns) are listed, note if they are known to be routinely cleaned and serviced
- Highlight true municipal public restrooms units and restrooms in buildings clearly open to the public such as train stations
- Avoid listing small privately owned mercantile establishments (ex. coffee shop), unless they advertise availability
- List restrooms in urban parks that meet the availability requirement listed in the first bullet
- Note possible security restrictions (ex photo ID required) that might impact access to government municipal building restrooms.
- Note if the facility is a single toilet restroom that may be current occupant locked.
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Restroom Locator Web Sites
- ARA Draft Public Restroom List
- Australian Public Toilet Map
- The Bathroom Diaries (http://thebathroomdiaries.com/)
- Bathroom Scout (worldwide)
- Berlin, Germany
- Marquette, Michigan, Lower Harbor ore dock
- New York City
- New York – Manhattan )
- Restroom Apps
- San Francisco )
- Sit or Squat
- The Great British Public Toilet Map
- Toilet Finder App (Google Play or App Store)
- U.S. Interstates
- Washington D.C. Metro Area (ARA Associate Metroped Inc) (http://metroped.org/sp/index.htm)
- Where to wee (http://www.cintas.com/customer_applications/wheretowee/default.html)
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