Analysis of parking cruising behaviour and parking location choice

Huanmei Qin, Xiuhan Yang, Yao Jan Wu, Hongzhi Guan, Pengfei Wang, Nasrin Shahinpoor

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This paper explores car drivers’ cruising behaviour and location choice for curb parking in areas with insufficient parking space based on a survey of car drivers in Beijing, China. Preliminary analysis of the data show that car drivers’ cruising behaviour is closely related to their parking duration and parking location. A multinomial probit (MNP) model is used to analyse cruising behaviour and the results show that the closer to the destination car drivers are, the more likely they choose to park on the curb. The adjacent locations are the basis of car drivers’ sequential parking decisions at different locations. The research results provide a better understanding of cruising behaviour for parking and recommendations for reducing cruising for parking. The provision of parking information can help regulate the parking demand distribution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)717-734
Number of pages18
JournalTransportation Planning and Technology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2 2020


  • Parking
  • case study
  • cruising behaviour
  • multinomial probit model
  • parking location choice
  • sequential decisions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation


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