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Marilyn Johnson is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Transport Studies, in the Department of Civil Engineering. She is a road safety researcher with a Masters in Applied Social Research and a PhD in injury prevention from the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) focused on cyclist-driver interactions. Marilyn's research expertise is in road safety, particularly vulnerable road users, with an emphasis on public programs, evaluations, legislative and policy reform to improve road safety outcomes for all road users.

See current Bike Research Team projects at: cyclopedia.com.au

Research interests

road safety

injury prevention

cyclist safety

active transport

legislative reform

road safety evaluations

innovation in research translation and impact

Community service

Dr Marilyn Johnson was also the Research and Policy Manager at the Amy Gillett Foundation from 2011 to 2021. She led national programs to improve cyclist safety including a metre matters, the national campaign to amend the road rules about minimum passing distances to give cyclists safe space on the roads. She also led the evaluation of safe on-boarding practices for Deliveroo and all 43 recommendations have been adopted nationally. Dr Johnson was also led the development, implementation and evaluation of Sharing Roads Safely, a truck driver training program to improve safety for cyclists based on international best practice.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Active Transport
  • Road Safety
  • Cyclist Safety
  • Cycling
  • Vulnerable Road Users
  • Systematic Literature Reviews


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