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About Paul Barter

I am a transport-policy researcher, adviser, writer and trainer with a background in academia and in non-profits. My focus since about 1994 has been urban transport policy. Topics have included international comparisons, public transport regulation, TDM, how to ease car-dependence, Singapore's urban transport history and parking policy. I am Australian but have lived in Singapore since December 2000.

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I am open to requests to provide training, research or policy analysis within my main areas of expertise. 

I am especially strong on parking policy.

If you have heard my name before, it might be for my work on urban parking. This accelerated in 2009 when I worked on a regional overview of parking policy in Asian cities, commissioned by the Asian Development Bank. Since then I have worked on parking issues in many cities (including in Australia, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand) for clients such as the World Bank and Germany's GIZ. I also write about parking at Reinventing Parking.

I do not offer full-service parking studies. I am a solo freelancer after all.

But I do offer 'parking policy rapid evaluation' services as well as writing, research or training on urban parking policy.  These services are mostly aimed at local governments as well as other actors (such as non-profits) with a strong interest in parking policy.

The rapid evaluation services involve an assessment of the parking-policy status quo and of key opportunities to do better. Depending on the scope of the project, they often also include training sessions. Both the evaluation and the training aim to better inform the local debate over parking. These rapid evaluations are about strategic directions in parking policy not the final details. They are especially helpful at the very early stages of a parking policy rethink and can help set the scene for a more substantial policy review. So far, I have delivered such rapid evaluations of parking in Pune in India, Tianjin and Qingdao in China, Ibagué and Pereira in Colombia and in one neighborhood in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Email me at paulbarter at reinventingtransport dot org if you want to discuss how I might be able to help you or your city.

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Podcasts on urban mobility and urban issues: a LONG list

Below is my increasingly long list of podcasts on urban mobility and/or urban issues. 

If you are not yet a regular podcast listener, you need to download a podcast-listening app to your phone, tablet or desktop and subscribe (it's free) to the podcasts that interest you.

UPDATE 1: This list has many podcasts but obviously I hope you will try mine! They are Reinventing Transport and Reinventing Parking.

UPDATE 2: I have added FOURTY ONE more since this was first published. Thanks to everyone who has sent tips.

Transport-based City Types and their Trajectories

I want to help you get perspective on your city and its transport system with the help of simple city types based on their dominant transport modes, such as Walking Cities, Transit Cities, Bus Cities, Motorcycle Cities and Car Cities.

This way of thinking about cities is a heuristic (an imperfect mental model or technique that is nevertheless good enough to be helpful). And it obviously is imperfect. For example, real cities often have various modes of transport, and modern cities are really all some kind of hybrid city type.

But it is still useful, especially if we add the idea of a Traffic Saturated City, which is a very different beast from a Car City. It is important for change-makers in Traffic Saturated Cities to be aware they are not in automobile dependent cities yet.

Options for digesting this: 
Read the brief article below and study the diagrams. They complement the podcast. For more depth, LISTEN to the 37 minute audio with the player above. A full transcript of the podcast is…

Parking: What's Wrong and How to Fix It

We should stop planning parking the way we plan toilets. I began with that odd (but true) statement to get your attention, obviously. But I am also serious.

Many people think parking policy is boring, which is unfortunate, because boring or not, parking is important.

If you care about cities and urban mobility, you really need to pay some attention to parking.

Most local governments really do plan parking the same way they plan toilets (using minimum parking/toilet requirements) and it is disastrous. More on that below.

Municipalities do this because of another mistake - treating on-street parking as a public good (and therefore failing to manage it properly). Please take note: parking in cities is generally NOT a public good.

These two mistakes cause huge problems:
1. on-street parking problems, which worsen many other mobility and street problems, and  2. a slow-motion disaster of increasingly excessive (but under-used) off-street parking supply which fuels car dependence.

It's …