Empirical evidence on cruising for parking

J.N. van Ommeren, D. Wentink, P. Rietveld

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The literature on car cruising is dominated by theory. We examine cruising for parking using a nation-wide random sample of car trips. We exclude employer-provided and residential parking. We focus on the Netherlands, where levels of on-street and off-street parking prices are locally the same. We demonstrate then that due to this price setting the average cruising time in the Netherlands is only 36. s per car trip. Furthermore, we show that cruising is not random. It is more common in (large) cities that receive more car trips, particularly for shopping and leisure activities. Cruising time increases with travel duration as well as with parking duration. Cruising has a distinctive pattern over the day with a peak in the morning, so the order of arrival is essential to parking. Because cruising has a spatial and time component, policies may be considered that reduce cruising time through flexible pricing of parking or improved information about vacant parking spaces. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-130
Number of pages7
JournalTransportation Research. Part A: Policy & Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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