The backup in Beverly Hills

Obama visited Los Angeles on June 18 and June 19 and stayed at the Beverly Hilton, near the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards—two major thoroughfares.

Santa Monica Blvd.

Santa Monica Blvd.

Wilshire Blvd.

Wilshire Blvd.

Culver City

Culver City

I-405

I-405

I-10

I-10

Beverly
Hills

Beverly
Hills

Hollywood

Hollywood

West LA

West LA

Santa Monica

Santa Monica

Pacific
Palisades

Pacific
Palisades

Bel-Air

Bel-Air

Mid City

Mid City

Brentwood

Brentwood

June 18 12:00

Lets take a look at Obama's impact on the west side of LA over his whole trip.

There are very few reports to Waze overnight, but come morning there is an explosion of activity in the app.

Each purple dot is a Waze user reporting traffic.

This is in the morning, before Obama arrived. Waze users reported slowdowns on the major freeways during rush hour.

Air Force One landed at Los Angeles International Airport at about 2:15pm.

Once he arrived, police officers began setting up roadblocks to clear streets for the presidential motorcade. This pushed traffic into the side streets of West LA.

The president was only in town for one night.

His hotel was here.

On Friday morning, traffic reports around his hotel skyrocketed as the president headed out.

Obama took off to San Francisco from LAX around 11:40am after recording a podcast with Marc Maron.

Thursday 9am

Santa Monica Blvd.

Santa Monica Blvd.

Culver City

Culver City

I-405

I-405

I-10

I-10

Beverly
Hills

Beverly
Hills

West LA

West LA

Bel-Air

Bel-Air

Between 8am and 9am, a little less than six hours before Obama’s arrival, Waze users reported traffic events 570 times in the area around the president's hotel.

Friday 9am

The next morning, 1,537 reports of traffic came in between 8am and 9am. About three hours later, the president flew from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

Saturday 9am

On Saturday, waze users reported nearly no traffic, without weekday commuters or presidential motorcades. Just 141 traffic reports were filed by users from 8am to 10am.

Sluggish in San Francisco

Obama visited San Francisco on June 19 and June 20. He gave a speech at the US Conference of Mayors and attended two fundraisers.

I-80/Bay Bridge

I-80/Bay Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Nob
Hill

Nob
Hill

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

Sunset District

Sunset District

Richmond

Richmond

Pacific
Heights

Pacific
Heights

The
Mission

The
Mission

Dogpatch

Dogpatch

The Presidio

The Presidio

Haight
Ashbury

Haight
Ashbury

Oakland

Oakland

Lets take a look at Obama's impact on San Francisco during the trip.

The president arrived around 12:50pm on Friday.

He addressed the US conference of mayors at a hotel in Union Square around 2:15pm.

Then he attended a roundtable discussion in Nob Hill at 3:25pm.

No traffic was reported near the other fundraiser he attended in Sea Cliff, a relatively secluded neighborhood that overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge. The president delivered remarks at 5:40pm.

After he departed the fundraiser, at around 6pm, many reports of traffic were made in the area around the hotel where Obama was staying.

June 18 12:00

Thursday 3:30pm

I-80/Bay Bridge

I-80/Bay Bridge

Nob
Hill

Nob
Hill

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

The
Mission

The
Mission

The day before Obama's arrival, there were 287 traffic reports in this area of San Francisco between 2pm and 3pm.

Friday 3:30pm

This was the day Obama was in San Francisco, addressing the US Conference of Mayors at 2:15pm at the Hilton San Francisco, Union Square and a DNC roundtable in Nob Hill at 3:25pm. Waze users made 588 traffic reports in the area from 2pm to 3pm.

Saturday 3:30pm

Sunday afternoon traffic in San Francisco was minimal; just 190 reports were filed by waze users during the same one-hour stretch.

Miami Quagmire

Obama visited Miami on May 27 and May 28 to attend two fundraisers and toured the National Hurricane Center. Miami does not have as many Waze users as Los Angeles or San Francisco and thus receives fewer traffic reports. However, Obama's impact is still apparent.

Coconut Grove

Coconut Grove

Downtown

Downtown

South
Beach

South
Beach

Virginia Key

Virginia Key

Little
Havana

Little
Havana

Miami
International
Airport

Miami
International
Airport

I-95

I-95

US-1

US-1

Obama was in Miami for less than 24 hours. This is what Waze users saw in the first six hours of his visit.

The president arrived at Miami International Airport just before 4pm.

Less than an hour later, he was at a fundraiser in Coconut Grove while traffic built up on the neighborhood's periphery.

Around 7pm Obama was delivering remarks at another fundraiser, in the same neighborhood.

The president left town around 3pm the next day.

May 27 12:00

 

Wednesday 5pm

Coconut Grove

Coconut Grove

Downtown

Downtown

South
Beach

South
Beach

Little
Havana

Little
Havana

The two fundraisers Obama attended in Coconut Grove raised more than $1 million for Democratic causes and resulted in Waze users reporting traffic jams 292 times.

Thursday 5pm

By the same time the next day, Obama was gone. Waze Users reported traffic incidents 258 times in this area and the roads near Coconut Grove were much less congested.