John Parkin specialises in transport engineering and planning and has interests in design and innovation through research, sustainable development and community benefit.
His early career was in consultancy where he gained experience of all stages of the promotion of transport infrastructure schemes including policy formulation, modelling and forecasting, operational analysis, economic appraisal, and monitoring and evaluation. He has managed and undertaken preliminary and detailed engineering design, safety auditing and construction of highway and traffic engineering schemes.
Currently, he is part of a team undertaking a Cochrane review of cycle injuries and cycle infrastructure and has undertaken a systematic review of built environment factors influencing urban cycling for the Swedish government. He has been engaged in monitoring cycle use in the six Cycling Demonstration Towns and the twelve English Cycling Cities and Towns. Other work has involved the modelling of bicycle counts, effort profiles of cycling, proximity of passing distances and speeds, and eye tracking of cycle users approaching queuing traffic. He edited the book Cycling and Sustainability which has an international and multi-disciplinary authorship. He is the principal author of the design manual Lancashire the cyclists' county and delivered training on this manual, and delivers training for Transport for London on the London Cycle Design Standards and on national cycling design standards.
He represents the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on the Joint Board of Moderators, chairs the Editorial Advisory Panel of the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Municipal Engineer Journal, and is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers Transport Expert Panel and Cycling Working Group. He is an advisory board member of the European Cyclists' Federation Scientists for Cycling group and was an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand in Summer 2013.