Some clever bureaucrat in the Chinese city of Xi’an has come up with a really good idea. Public toilets – the city has 1373 – should have a special parking place on the street next to or near them so that drivers who need the loo can pull in and do the necessary.
Starting last Wednesday the first of 80 such parking places -in prominent locations -were in operation , and the local Traffic department plan to roll out the scheme to cover all the public loos. Ye Changqing, a traffic police officer, said that his detachment had determined the safest places to provide the parking. Each parking space is marked on the road and reads ‘Parking for toilet users’, there is a time limit of 15 minutes. Wardens will report anyone who parks for a long time to go shopping or whatever, and the public are asked to do the same to stop people abusing the system.
Why has no-one thought of doing this before? it will stop people (mostly men) peeing in inappropriate places, making public areas smelly and unhygienic – you know what I mean!
Everyone has to heed the call of nature, and sometimes it can be really difficult. I can recall when my kids were small one of them wailing from the back seat -‘but I have to go NOW’ – and me having nowhere convenient to stop.
If this works well in Xi’an I suspect other Chinese cities will adopt the idea, and then it might even spread internationally.
Three cheers for Xi’an for innovative thinking – we who have small bladders salute you!