City to Construct More Public Toilets for Women
The city plans to add more public toilet stalls for women. The city urban planning commission and urban management bureau hopes that adding new toilet facilities will ease the shortage of toilets for women.
According to the planning and design standards for small and medium sized hygiene toilet facilities will bring the proportion of male and female stalls to a ratio of 1:2 and 1:3 respectively. The plan to place more toilets came after a public demonstrations in which women asked the government to provide more public toilets for women. Studies have shown that the time women spend in a public toilet is 2.3 times greater that the time a man will spend inside the toilet. This means that a toilet stall serves 15 men in 10 minutes but only serves 6 women in the same time span.
The public toilets will be constructed in seven types of public places such as scenic spots, public squares, farm produce markets, parking facilities, gas stations and newly built residential complexes. Distances between the public toilet facilities will be limited to no more than 400 meters in commercial areas. On Municipal roadsides, the toilets must be spaced 600 to 800 meters.
To allow for proper lighting and ventilation, the distance between a public toilet and surrounding buildings must be at least five meters. Signs will be also be created at the entrance and exits of every public toilet. Toilets in supermarkets, restaurants, shopping malls, entertainment venues and hotels should be open to the public as well.