Ahead of this year’s Beijing Marathon, the city government is hustling to release a new smartphone app that can map out the capital’s many public bathrooms as to avoid seeing another Forbidden City Pee Fest that was last year’s great race.
Last October, the Beijing Marathon gathered a bit of unwanted publicity when photos surfaced ’round the web showing lines of runners urinating against the palace wall of the city’s Forbidden City (still better press than the year before).
China’s capital is not going to let that happen again. Chen Young, the director of the Urban Image committee of Beijing, said in an interview yesterday that the city is now working to ‘fight public urination” with technology before racers have a chance to pee all over the stretch of this year’s Beijing Marathon, which falls on April 20.
Chen claimed that there are many toilets in Beijing open to public use; the biggest issue is that there are not enough signs to indicate the location of these toilets and it is even harder during the Beijing Marathon, with such a large number of people gathered together.
He added that any city in the world would face similar issues when faced with a large number of people in one area and little information on nearby public bathrooms.