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Pop-up Urinals Proposed for Adelaide

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by James Newcombe (subscribe)
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Published April 11th 2013
Pop-up bars, pop-up shops, now pop-up urinals?
Pop up Urinals Adelaide City Council
Image courtesy Board Game Geek.

The Adelaide City Council Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood has proposed a plan to install open air urinals in Adelaide's night club areas to combat the problem of late-night revellers relieving themselves in doorways and laneways (an offence which can attract a fine of up to $250).

portable plastic outdoor urinals European cities Adelaide
These portable plastic outdoor urinals are common in European cities. Image courtesy Adelaide Now.

Portable outdoor urinals have been trialled recently in Canberra and are already in use in Sydney. Perth and Sydney are going one step further by introducing urinals called Urilifts (popular in Europe), which retract into the ground during the day. I think this is a better solution, but I'd hate to be standing over one when it pops up!

Pop up stainless steel urinals Northbridge Perth Now.
The Urilift as seen in Europe. These stainless steel structures are 2m high, contain three urinals and are self cleaning. Perth council are considering these for Northbridge. Image courtesy Perth Now.

This solves the problem for men wanting to relieve themselves, but what about women? Mr Yarwood wants to trial the portable urinals first, before considering the more expensive pop-up option. I have just one question: Where do you wash your hands? I just hope they only intend to have them operating in the "wee" small hours and not during daylight...

Public urinals Sydney pissoirs
Sydney recently trialled eight pissoirs in four public urination "hot spots". Image courtesy Sydney Morning Herald.
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Why? Because when you gotta go...
Where: In the CBD
Cost: Free
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Fascinating :)
In Belgium I used a public loo where the outside walls only came up to around my waist height. I did wonder whether taller men would have to squat.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11223) 2323 days ago
oooooh, I think I'm with kim_a on this one. Not sure about this at all. Very thought provoking, good article James
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3319) 2319 days ago
Bet my brother wished these were nearby before he relieved himself, only to be fined (many years ago now, in his clubbing days)!
by Jenny (score: 3|1684) 2319 days ago
How disgusting! Why not make them properly enclosed toilets instead of this horrendous proprosal? If you have to drink so much that all inhibitions are gone then do it at home where no one can see you or cares. What's next? I dread to think. And just so you know, I'm not a prude or a religious fanatic. I just think some things ought to stay private, and toileting is one of them!!
by kim_a (score: 0|4) 2320 days ago
These toilets are also portable in some instances and have been used at Adelaide Festivals and Events. Womadelaide, The Big Day Out and a few others..They were heavily used, to the point many were full to overflowing and badly services. Any permanent ones had better have direct plumbing to the sewer. Adlaide used to have an underground toilet in the Mall years ago, why not bring that back or get proper portaloos installed for both sexes on weekends and popular night out venues.?
by denni (score: 0|2) 2319 days ago
Don't go to France then Kim. Half height loos are common right next to the kerb. So if a dual deck bus arrives alongside the top deck passengers look down and in. No one seems to take notice other than non Parisians. It has been this way for over 60 years. Girls even still hold hands with their beau. whilst the act is in progress!
Pays to be dextrous!
by denni (score: 0|2) 2319 days ago
What about the girls? Do they have to cross their legs til they find somewhere to go? I bet those pop up ones cost a fortune. Can the council just not build a few unisex single toilets around the city? From a hygiene point of view ,If they are used a lot, the smell would waft through the air.At least with a closed door and hand washing facillities this would be less of a problem. I work in hospitality, often til 4 or 5 am and maybe the Mayor should come and talk to some of the late night workers before he comes up with these bright ideas.
by walte (score: 1|51) 2319 days ago
If your happy to urinate in public late at night in a laneway or someones door frame and get caught and fined then this is the perfect option,
Its better for everyone....
The busting person.
The door frame owner.
The next morning laneway pedestrians.
The shop owners.
The poor copper dealing with the busting person.
The council cleaners.
It truley is better...except the recipient of all the paid fines as fines would no longer be issued.
by samir (score: 2|126) 2318 days ago
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