Mini Poll: Food Trucks


Have you ever bought food from something on wheels?


Yes:
 77%
Yes, but just ice cream:
 17%
No:
 7%

 


Have you recently bought something from a new-style food truck?


Yes:
 35%
No:
 65%

 


Which of the following new-style food trucks have you seen?


The pizza one:
 22%
The cupcake one:
 18%
A different one:
 13%
I haven't seen one:
 47%

 


In general, do you think the food served from food trucks is as safe as from restaurants?


Yes:
 86%
No:
 14%

 


Do you think that there is a real difference between the new-style food trucks and their traditional cousins that have dispensed sandwiches, ice cream, tacos, and BBQ for years?


Yes:
 44%
No:
 56%

 


Do you currently follow a food truck, food cart, or street food vendor on Facebook or Twitter?


Yes:
 34%
No:
 36%
No, because I don't follow anybody on Facebook or Twitter:
 30%

 


Will new food truck enthusiasm survive?


Yes, it is a great change in dining:
 39%
Yes, and many current lunch trucks will eventually switch to this format:
 21%
No, this is a fad:
 8%
A few trucks will survive:
 31%

 


Do you think that food trucks pose an unfair advantage to bricks and mortar restaurants and cafes that often have more invested in their space?


Yes:
 12%
Yes, but that is not important:
 14%
No:
 74%

 


How long should a food truck be allowed to stay in one place?


Ten minutes or less:
 1%
More than ten minutes, but less than a half hour:
 4%
More than a half hour, but less than an hour:
 20%
All day, but not overnight:
 28%
There should be no time limit as long as the spot is a legal parking space:
 44%
Food trucks should not be allowed:
 2%

 


Currently, restaurants and street vendors are licensed, permitted, and inspected by the City of St. Louis. Street trucks are in a gray area. Should trucks be treated more like restaurants and street vendors?


Yes:
 72%
No, but make sure that the trucks are inspected:
 20%
No, let the market decide:
 8%

 


Should the number of food trucks be limited?


Yes, to just a few:
 3%
Yes, but I think we ought to wait and see if we ever get to too many:
 25%
No, let the market decide:
 70%
No food trucks at all:
 2%

 


After fighting them for years, Chicago now allows food trucks to sell pre-prepared and packaged items, but no cooking or chopping can take place on board the vehicle. No truck can park anywhere for more than two hours, and no truck can serve food after 10 pm. Would you accept similar restrictions in St. Louis?


Yes:
 32%
No, these are too restrictive:
 64%
No, these are not restrictive enough:
 4%

 


Which of the following statements comes closest to your view about where food trucks should be allowed to park in St. Louis?


Anywhere:
 7%
Anywhere, as long as they are legally parked:
 62%
Anywhere legal, as long as they don't sell competing food:
 18%
Near metro stations:
 2%
In a different spot every day:
 6%
In their own spots, far from other businesses:
 2%
Don't allow them to park anywhere:
 2%

 


Should food trucks that accumulate tickets for feeding meters, parking illegally, or idling their engines be banned from the streets?


Yes, they are hogging parking spaces or creating pollution:
 45%
No, they lend vibrancy to the streetscape:
 12%
No, let's wait until there are more food trucks (or, at least, food trucks with parking tickets) before we start considering more regulations:
 43%

 


Currently, food trucks are banned in some crowded areas of St. Louis County. Should more local municipalities follow the example of the City of St. Louis and allow them?


Yes:
 86%
No:
 14%

 


A Chicago alderman recently convinced that city's Board of Aldermen to ban ice cream trucks in her ward. Would you like ice cream trucks banned in your neighborhood?


Yes:
 9%
Yes, and they are:
 1%
No:
 89%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.