Friday Transportation Seminar: Cycling Research and Practice in Australia: Insights from a Hybrid Approach

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Friday, October 19, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT
Marilyn Johnson, Monash University
PDH: 1 | AICP: 1

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. With over 450 seminars presented and recorded (access the archive of seminars here), we host both visiting and local scholars to share the latest in research, technology, and implementation in transportation.


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Too often, there is a gap between research and action. For researchers, peer-reviewed scientific evidence is the benchmark of success, while for policy makers and practitioners, success is being able to apply findings in the ‘real world’.

Dr Marilyn Johnson is both a senior researcher at Monash University and a practitioner at the Amy Gillett Foundation, Australia’s not-for-profit cycling safety organisation. The seminar will be a speed-dating style presentation of the latest research studies on cycling in Australia, current cycling safety campaigns and programs and the intersection between research, policy and effective action.

Content will include: 

  • Cyclist safety on-boarding at Deliveroo, review, recommendations and actions; 
  • Engaging with experts on e-bikes; 
  • Changing the road rules to improve safe cycling; 
  • Cycling skills for girls and women; 
  • Vulnerable road user safety training (read: putting truck drivers on bicycles), and; 
  • A major research study analysing coronial death investigations of fatal road crashes in Australia using public health and road safety theoretical frameworks.


  • Key findings of current cycling research 
  • Successes and lessons from failures in cycling safety practice 
  • Research and practice are part of the same feedback loop. Each needs to inform the other to create impact


    Marilyn Johnson, Monash University

    Dr Marilyn Johnson is a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute of Transport Studies, in the Department of Civil Engineering. Marilyn is also the Research and Policy Manager at the Amy Gillett Foundation. Her research expertise is in cycling including cyclist safety, cyclist-driver interactions and electric bike use in Australia. Marilyn currently holds a DECRA Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. She is a Vice-President of the Australasian College of Road Safety and Chapter Chair (Victoria).


    This 60-minute seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.


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    Marilyn Johnson is a visiting scholar, brought to Portland State University with support from the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC). The NITC program is a Portland State-led partnership with the University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Utah and new partners University of Arizona and University of Texas at Arlington. We pursue our theme — improving mobility of people and goods to build strong communities — through research, education and technology transfer.