Along with SSI/Instantly, we recently surveyed Bay Area residents who drive into San Francisco and found that on average, commuters travel 90 miles round trip to get to work in the city. As a result, they often have to sacrifice social activities at night with friends, colleagues and/or partners in order to get back home in a timely manner.
Unlike Long Distance Relationships (LDR), these suburbanites are often engaging in a middle-distance relationship (MDR) with city dwellers. Our survey results show that parking in the city deters them from spending time with their city-based friends, causing middle-distance relationships to suffer.
The survey revealed a few other surprising facts – that dining is important to Bay Area residents, but parking is a major hindrance:
- 71% of Bay Area residents drive to the city to eat at a local restaurant
- 82% of Bay Area residents would come to SF more often if there were more parking available
- 42% of Bay Area residents spend, on average, 20 or more minutes searching for a parking spots
With 88% of Bay Area residents coming into the city for personal activities, we want to make middle distance relationships thrive again in the Bay Area. People who live in East Bay, Peninsula, Marina County, South Bay and Silicon Valley shouldn’t be deterred from visiting friends in the city just because of parking!
See below for the complete findings of our survey and don’t choose to be in an MDR and park with Luxe!
Limited parking deters Bay Area resident’s from visiting San Francisco
- 74% avoid driving to San Francisco due to difficult/limited parking, which was the second biggest deterrent, the first being traffic
- 82% would come to SF more often if there were more parking available
- 42% spend, on average, 20 or more minutes searching for a parking spot
Friendships are impacted by limited parking
- 39% avoid seeing SF-based friends due to limited parking
- 73% would be more likely to visit SF-based friends if parking were easier
Bay Area residents travel far distances to visit San Francisco
- 55% live 40 or more miles away from the city
People most come to the city for personal/leisure activities, with weekends being peak times for visits
- 88% visit the city for personal activities (not work related)
Saturday, Sunday and Friday are the most popular days that people drive into the city, respectively
- 12% drive in on Monday
- 12% drive in on Tuesday
- 14% drive in on Wednesday
- 15% drive in on Thursday
- 38% drive in on Friday
- 78% drive in on Saturday
- 47% drive in on Sunday
Dining is the most common reason people drive into the city at night or on weekends
- 71% drive to the city to eat at a local restaurant