On my way to Idaho

On my way to Idaho
The Road Less Traveled . . .

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A Conundrum

Regarding handicapped stalls in public bathrooms -

The space between the row of stalls and the wall is just wide enough to accommodate two people as they pass each other and the sinks along the wall.  The stall designed for the handicapped person; especially someone in a wheel chair is the stall furthest from the entrance to the bathroom. Therefore the handicapped individual is expected to navigate the gauntlet of a steady stream of people coming in and out of several bathroom stalls who then stop at the sinks to wash up; further adding to the congestion of the typical bathroom.

Upon reaching the designated handicapped stall rest assured it will be in use. Since the handicapped individual can't use the other stalls because they are too narrow to get in and out of with all the handicapped mobility aids, they have to choice but to wait (whilst urgently practicing one's kegels). On average three to four people have finished their business in the stall next door by the time the handicapped individual gets a turn.

Architects who design bathrooms should be required to spend a week in a wheel chiar out and about in public before any of their designs leave the drawing board -

I'm just saying . . .

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