[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Improve Toilet Tagging

John Willis johnw at mac.com
Thu Mar 30 21:16:23 UTC 2017

> On Mar 31, 2017, at 5:47 AM, Micah Cochran <mcochran at athensal.us> wrote:
> and adds the gender designation

There needs to be another "gender" - elderly. 

In Japan, almost all public restrooms - at malls, service areas, public buildings, etc - have three designated toilets - blue "men's" toilets, red "ladies" toilets, and 1 "green" elderly/ disabled toilet.  They have separate entrances. The green toilet will be the closest entrance with a gigantic sliding door, and a large single room with a toilet, sink, and possibly a full-size adult wheelchair transfer table. 
This is beyond the normal "wheelchair accessible" stall or handrail equipped urinial you would still see in he normal restroom. 

I know that "elderly" is not a gender - but this special green toilet  is treated as if there was a third gender and signed and colored as prominently. They are shown on toilet maps and signed. They are treated as a third "gender". Even my middle school has this 1 special toilet with a separate entrance and designation, beyond boys, girls, men, and women. 

Also, If you are tagging stalls, please consider integrating in "kids" stalls- I have seen 1/2 height stalls (with tiny toilets) for kids to use, so parents can look over the top to see what they are doing. Tagging individual stalls also *requires* the type of toilet (squat, western, urinal, etc ) to be tagged - as the stalls in many public restrooms here are signed as to what type of toilet is available - so tagging stalls should also be able to tag what toilet is inside. Large restrooms at a service area will have a map displaying they layout of the toilet room and the types of toilets available, so being able to replicate that in OSM would be useful if one is mapping stalls. 

I know there are some existing tags (I think) for this - so please integrate them into your proposal. 

PS - thanks for thinking of the safety of the LBGT community. 


More information about the Tagging mailing list