Exciting news, safe2pee was selected to be a part of the upcoming MoMA exhibit “Design and the Elastic Mind.” If you are in New York between Febuary and May you should check it out! We are extremely thrilled about this and think it will be great exposure for the issue. More details will follow very soon.
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perhaps it is a sign of the times, but we caved and joined myspace! So you all should join up and support your favorite gender neutral bathroom directory…. Our Profile
This is long overdue, but this evening we added the ability to create new entries by latitude and longitude. This should make it easier for people to add hard to find spots, university campuses, bathrooms in parks, etc. We’re working to put together further upgrades and broader international support. you will hear more from us soon.
From the creators of safe2pee comes a brand new social justice mash-up! Please visit Harvestr, the world wide, open source directory of community food resources (fruit trees, edible plants, farmer’s markets, food not bombs, etc). The site is still in the alpha phase and will be adding features, changing a lot. Enjoy.
We just added support for Mexico, so we’ve now got all of North America covered.
Sadly, almost simultaneously our database went down and is now reporting “too many connections.” I am not sure if it is just an intermittent failure or if we’re under attack or just received a huge spike in traffic! We’ll see soon, I hope we do not have to revert from back ups.
UPDATE 06/16 9:40AM: Everything is back to normal!
An update from yesterday … we now support city queries via SMS, for both US and Canadian cities. The syntax follows:
cty [city name], [state/province abbrev]
cty vancouver, bc
cty san francisco, ca
Yeah, it’s REAL basic and we promise more coming soon… but think of it as a wonderful start! Now you can get the info on where to go when you’re on the go!
I haven’t written here in a while, but I have very exciting news for all of you that follow safe2pee. We now have support for SMS messages (aka text messaging)!
This feature is still in early beta and the email address is rather long.
At the moment this feature only supports US postal codes. Have no fear though, we will be shortening the address, adding more information, Canadian locations and search by city soon.
Try emailing or texting local at safe2pee dot org. the syntax is as follows:
Again this is still in serious beta, so we’d love to hear your feedback!
Update! We now support queries by city. details, details
Great news! Safe2pee now features a whole slew of feeds. Play with our data in Google Earth, make a widget for your blog from our RSS feeds or crunch the numbers in a spreadsheet. See index and city pages for details. The Plain Text version should work fine on most mp3 players, phones, graphing calculators, and other small electronics … we will release a more encompassing version of our directory in this form soon.
I’ve always been a fan of numbers, and believe that stats can be very telling. here are a few of ours.
6,000 – 30,000 Visitors a Month
201 Unique Cities
We’re really happy with all of the contributions that we have received, but compared to the demand we’ve only made a small dent (so far). Keep those submissions coming! We especially need locations in small towns.
The number of cities people have requested bathrooms for: 1,490. That means we only have bathrooms for a little over 13% of the places where people requested them! Granted information for places like portland or san francisco are most often requested, the lack of info for many small locales is unfortunate. i’m ever so tempted to take a road trip and scout bathrooms in small town america…
Gender Free: 549 (~ 80%)
Gendered: 136 (~ 20%)
Accessible: 407 (~ 60%)
Unknown or Not Accessible: 278 ( ~ 40%)
This stat was a little alarming too. I have suspicions that a lot of the not accessibles might also be bathrooms of unknown status. We’ve linked to the great info at PISSAR and would love ideas on how we could succinctly but more comprehensively express access considerations to folks. We’re working on some ways to make it so you can modify submission attributes, so hopefully that will allow people to investigate a bathroom further and update things!
Availability (Feature introduced long after launch)
Unknown or Not Set: 338 (~ 50%)
Stroll Right In: 191 (~ 28%)
Act like you know what you’re doing: 49 (~ 7%)
Sneak In: 26 (~ 4%)
Free if the right person is working: 10 (~ 1%)
Free if you flirt with Employees!: 6 ( < 1%)
You Should/Must buy something: 45 (~ 7%)
Pay Toilet: 3 ( < 1%)
ID or Admission required: 7 ( ~ 1%)
I think in all, it was a worthwhile effort to compile these numbers. it gives an interesting breakdown of where we are now and what we need to do to improve our service. enjoy.