While browsing the internet to see how other forums have talked about this subject I came across a very pithy sentence: "It's called a flush HANDle and not a flush pedal."
For the people who flush with their foot: how do you get out of the stall? Do you grab a piece of toilet paper and slide the lock? And do you do that before or after you foot flush?
Because if you don't use some tp you are now touching where countless others have touched (and who knows how often a cleaner will think to wipe that knob down). And if you flush and then open the door... you are now covered in aerosol anyway.
Wile yes touching the lock is touching an object countless have touched
before, but not in likelihood with the bottom of their shoe.
I do sympathize with those who don't care for the foot flushing habit, but the reality it is a very widespread practice [when it comes to certain toilet designs] and not likely to go anywhere soon.
...Although I have to say, the levers I usually encounter are nowhere near the 36-42 inches cited elsewhere in this thread. The ones in the bathroom at work are exactly knee-high to me. (I just checked). The "head in the toilet" feeling of trying to reach my hand back there is quite skeevy.
A lever 42 inches off the ground? No way I could/would hike my foot up there.
I just measured the lever in my home bathroom, which I do flush by hand simply because its my home (and because I have a toilet seat lid, something most public restrooms do not have) and it is 19.5 inches from the floor. And to look at it, its no lower, in fact probably a bit higher, then most one would see out in public; Out in public they are often the same height as the toilet seat itself (which in my home, a standard toilet) is 16 inches high, my lever at home is a bit raised up the pipe.