Of course, all this changes when people start thinking about truly remarkable restrooms. And businesses are listening. There’s even a YouTube video about awesome restrooms in Chicago, where it seems some bars are using restroom design to lure in customers, and keep them coming back. It makes sense. Places with good restrooms, especially businesses like restaurants and bars, get known for how comfortable it is to go to the bathroom there. This means you’ll be more likely to linger at their establishment instead of pressing on when nature calls.
On a recent visit to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in California, my girlfriend and I experienced first-hand the difference well-designed restrooms make. After one night of rather pricey camping, our visits to the clean and well-lit restrooms and showers there made us decide to spend another night camping instead of moving on to another park. While these restroom examples all stem from pay-to-play environments and not true public restrooms, it is good to note what others are doing right, and how we can improve public restroom access for all.