Subject: Restroom Advocacy for Bicyclists
Virginia Bicycling Federation
Attn: Allen Muchnick, President
Ref: Jan 30, 2002 email note (attached below)
Thank you, for your thoughtful response.
As mentioned, while
not a major
bike issue, the availability of public restrooms is a concern for some
bicyclists, particularly women. Cold weather shortens the interval
needing a “pit” stop. Winter is also the time when most
are closed. Men, often at variance with 'civility
laws", can get by, but
for women the option is to not ride.
The last paragraph of the web page http://www.americanrestroom.org/pr/problem.htm
asks for portable toilets to be
placed by park restrooms that are closed for the winter.
should be an element on the agenda of all caring bicycle, pedestrian and
Additionally, publishers of bicycle route and trail maps should be
encouraged to include public restroom location icons. Where
seasonal and time-of-day restrictions should be noted.
establishments, such as fast food outlets and bike shops, ‘might’
be listed as a bicycle friendly ‘restroom resource’.
Those responsible for heated facilities near bicycle commuter routes
be encouraged to keep them open year round. Similarly,
must be closed should have a portable toilet placed near-by.
toilets require significantly less service in the winter months)
Having the ‘Friends of the W&OD Trail’ use portable toilets to
gap between permanent facilities is encouraging. Hopefully the
Park Authority will take notice.
When it comes public restrooms, the oft-maligned National Park Service
the year-round cyclists best friend. Having bicycle and pedestrian
organizations identify and thank the appropriate individuals would be a
Thank you for the opportunity to address this issue.
Robert A. Brubaker
--- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2002 5:46 PM
Subject: Re: Restroom Advocacy for Bicyclists
I agree that the availability of public toilets is important for
I often need them myself while riding. Please let me know how the
Bicycling Federation can raise awareness of the issue or can support
toilet facilities at specific locations.
In response to surveys and in unsolicited comments, users of the
& Old Dominion Trail have identified public toilets as an important
amenity. Consequently, the Friends of the W&OD Trail is
porta potties at new locations along that 45-mile trail to eliminate
gaps without public toilets.