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Rise to the Challenge – Neighborhood Businesses Welcome All Users
Is your business up to the challenge? If you have a single-stall restroom in your business, take the All-User Restroom Challenge with other neighborhood businesses city wide and show your customers that everyone is welcome. In April, instead of creating new regulatory mandates, Commissioner Fish challenged neighborhood businesses to convert 1,000 single-stall restrooms to all-user restrooms by Labor Day (9/4/17). The call to action comes on the heels of the City of Portland’s conversion of 600 city-controlled single-stall restrooms last September.
Why a New Sign?
By depicting what’s behind the door, instead of who should enter, all-user restrooms ensure facilities are accessible to:
- Older adults
- Parents with young children
- People with personal attendants
- Transgender people
Venture Portland’s Vice President and Owner of Red Castle Games, Matthew Micetic stated, “this small change is good for customers, which means it’s good for business.”
Get the Sign
In keeping with Portland’s artisanal and DIY spirit, Venture Portland underwrote custom-made, all-user restroom signs (pictured) to help your business rise to the challenge. These signs are available at a deeply discounted rate (just $18 for the first 50 businesses). Visit ADX (417 SE 11th St) to purchase discounted custom-made all-user restroom signs or call 503.915.4342 to reserve your sign today.
List your business on portlandoregon.gov/alluserchallenge by submitting a photo of your all-user restroom. Yelp has also made all-user restrooms a searchable feature on their website and mobile app.
“I am formally challenging the business community to meet us, and beat us,” said Commissioner Nick Fish, City Council Liaison to Venture Portland. “The support so far from public spirited businesses has been overwhelming. I am confident the business community will exceed our expectations.”
Other all-user restroom partners include AARP, Basic Rights Oregon, Business for a Better Portland, Elders in Action, Main Street Alliance, Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, PHLUSH, Portland Area Business Association and Portland Business Alliance.