Dr. Marilyn Johnson

Dr. Marilyn Johnson

Senior Research Fellow, ARC DECRA
Department of Civil Engineering
Room 123, 22 Alliance Lane (B69), Clayton Campus

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. Marilyn’s research expertise is in cycling including cyclist safety, cyclist-driver interactions and electric bike use in Australia.


  • Doctor of Philosophy,( Ph.D), Cyclist Safety, Monash University

Research Projects

Current projects

Understanding and preventing road deaths using coronial investigations.

Fatal road crashes are sudden, unexpected and violent. Each fatality has a lasting impact resulting in immeasurable emotional costs and a financial burden in excess of $3.8 billion per year. This study is a systematic analysis of coronial death investigations of fatal road crashes in Australia using public health and road safety theoretical frameworks. Intended outcomes will contribute to our understanding of fatal road crashes including new insights into pre-crash social factors (e.g. alcohol/drug use and dependence, unemployment, age), the utility and impact of coronial recommendations on road safety policy and practice, and preventing deaths on Australian roads.

Cycle Aware: Driving with Bikes.

This innovative approach to cyclist safety focusses on the education and training required by drivers to interact safely with cyclists. In a world first it uses two ontologically diverse methodologies to examine how Australian drivers become cyclist aware and the education and training necessary to foster safe driver-cyclist interactions. It directly assesses the issues of cyclist raod trauma and the growing on-road tensions between cyclists and drivers. This national approach to cycle aware driver education enhances opportunities for active travel and addresses the growing issue of inactivitiy. It provides a critical knowledge base for State and Territory driver education policies and a Cycle Awareness module which will target learner drivers.

Past projects

Naturalistic cycling study: identifying risk factors for cyclists in the ACT.

Safer cycling and the urban road environment.

The proposed study is the first comprehensive study in Australia that combines academic, government and community efforts to enhance cycling activity while addressing safety concerns. The study takes an innovative, multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the issues contributing to cyclist injury with a particular focus on the urban road environment. The proposed study will develop new road designs which will improve the urban cycling experience. Australia’s first cycling simulator (BikeSim) will be built as part of this study and will be used to safely evaluate the new road prototypes which will be designed to improve cyclist safety and maintain the efficiency and mobility of vehicles.

Learning to drive with bikes: identifying ways to increase safe driving practices.

Safety implications of eBikes.

Safety risk assessment of cycling in dedicated bus lanes.

Towards safer ACT roads, lessons from tragedy: an in-depth medico-legal examination of fatal transport crashes in the ACT.


Bicycling crash characteristics: An in-depth crash investigation study

Beck, B., Stevenson, M., Newstead, S.Cameron, P., Judson, R., Edwards, E. R., Bucknill, A., Johnson, M. & Gabbe, B. 1 Nov 2016 In : Accident Analysis and Prevention. 96, p. 219-227 9 p.


Safety implications of e-bikes

Johnson, M. & Rose, G. Sep 2015 Victoria, Australia: Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV). 40 p.

Extending life on the bike: Electric bike use by older Australians

Johnson, M. & Rose, G. Jun 2015 In : Journal of Transport & Health. 2, 2, p. 276 – 283 8 p.

Safer cycling in the urban road environment: study approach and protocols guiding an Australian study

Stevenson, M. R., Johnson, M.Oxley, J. A., Meuleners, L., Gabbe, B. J. & Rose, G. 1 Feb 2015 In : Injury Prevention. 21, 1, 5 p., e3

Cycling Futures

Bonham, J. & Johnson, M. 2015 Adelaide SA AUS: University of Adelaide Press. 452 p.

Cycling: Bringing the future into the present

Bonham, J. & Johnson, M. 2015 Cycling Futures. Bonham, J. & Johnson, M. (eds.). Adelaide SA Australia: University of Adelaide Press, p. 3 – 23 21 p.

Faster than the speed of bikes

Johnson, M. & Chong, D. 2015 Cycling Futures. Bonham, J. & Johnson, M. (eds.). Adelaide SA Australia: University of Adelaide Press, p. 89 – 105 17 p.

In defence of mandatory bicycle helmet legislation: response to Hooper and Spicer

Biegler, P. & Johnson, M. 2015 In : Journal of Medical Ethics. 41, 8, p. 713 – 717 5 p.

Self-reported use of safety gear by riders of powered two wheel vehicles in Victoria, Australia

Amani Jordehi, B., Rose, G. & Johnson, M. 2015 TRB 94th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers. Washington DC USA: US National Research Council Transportation Research Board, p. 1 – 14 14 p.


Naturalistic cycling study: Identifying risk factors for cyclists in the Australian Capital Territory

Johnson, M., Chong, D., Carroll, J., Katz, R., Oxley, J. & Charlton, J. L. Sep 2014 Melbourne Australia: MUARC. 77 p.

A metre matters: Using a public policy approach to create a safer cycling environment in Australia

Johnson, M., Gaudry, T. & Bugeja, L. 2014 Proceedings of the International Cycling Safety Conference (ICSC 2014). Nilsson-Ehle, A., Andersson, M., Thomson, R., Knutsson, L. & Dozza, M. (eds.). Gothenburg Sweden: Chalmers University of Technology, p. 1 – 1111 p.

Electric bikes in Australia: Safety gains and some new concerns

Johnson, M. & Rose, G. 2014 Proceedings of the International Cycling Safety Conference 2014 (ICSC 2014). Nilsson-Ehle, A., Andersson, M., Thomson, R., Knutsson, L. & Dozza, M. (eds.). Gothenburg Sweden: Chalmers University of Technology, p. 1 – 1313 p.

Safety in numbers? Investigating Australian driver behaviour, knowledge and attitudes towards cyclists

Johnson, M.Oxley, J. A.Newstead, S. V. & Charlton, J. L. 2014 In : Accident Analysis and Prevention. 70, p. 148 – 154 7 p.


Safer in the country?: An investigation of the safety issues related to cycling in regional Victoria

Johnson, M. & Davey, N. Jan 2013 Australian Cycling Conference “Everybody’s cycling?”: Proceedings of the 5th Australian Cycling Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, 21-22 January 2013. Lumb, P., Gillfillan, K. & Bonham, J. (eds.). Australian Cycling Conference (Inc) , p. 15-28 14 p.

Cyclists and open vehicle doors: crash characteristics and risk factors

Johnson, M.Newstead, S. V.Oxley, J. A. & Charlton, J. L. 2013 In : Safety Science. 59, p. 135 – 140 6 p.

Electric bikes – cycling in the New World City: an investigation of Australian electric bicycle owners and the decision making process for purchase

Johnson, M. & Rose, G. 2013 Australasian Transport Research Forum 2013 Proceedings. O’Keeffe, B. (ed.). Canberra ACT Australia: Australian National Audit Office, p. 1 – 10 10 p.

Motorised mobility scooters – understanding a growing transport mode for older Australians

Johnson, M.Rose, G. & Oxley, J. A. 2013 Australasian Transport Research Forum 2013 Proceedings. O’Keeffe, B. (ed.). Canberra ACT Australia: Australian National Audit Office, p. 1 – 13 13 p.

Too drunk to ride? Insights on cyclists’ behaviour and attitudes towards alcohol, drugs and cycling

Johnson, M.Newstead, S. V. & Biegler, P. 2013 Proceedings of the 2013 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference Papers. Leal, N. (ed.). Mawson ACT Australia: Australasian College of Road Safety, p. 1 – 12 12 p.

Why do cyclists infringe at red lights? An investigation of Australian cyclists’ reasons for red light infringement

Johnson, M.Charlton, J. L.Oxley, J. A. & Newstead, S. V. 2013 In : Accident Analysis and Prevention. 50, p. 840 – 847 8 p.


Bike It Baw Baw: Cyclist Safety Issues in the Baw Baw Shire

Johnson, M. & Le, J. Jul 2012 Melbourne Australia: MUARC. 64 p.


Monash Alfred Cyclist Crash Study (MACCS)

Biegler, P.Newstead, S.Johnson, M.Taylor, J.Mitra, B. & Bullen, S. Jul 2012 Melbourne Victoria: Monash University. 61 p.

Analysis of child pedestrian deaths and serious injuries in Malaysia

Oxley, J. A., Jamaludin, A. N. S. J. & Johnson, M. 2012 In : Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety. 23, 2, p. 30 – 37 8 p.


Riding through red lights: the rate, characteristics and risk factors of non-compliant urban commuter cyclists

Johnson, M.Newstead, S.Charlton, J. & Oxley, J. 2011 In : Accident Analysis and Prevention. 43, p. 323 – 328 6 p.


Naturalistic cycling study: identifying risk factors for on-road commuter cyclists

Johnson, M.Charlton, J.Oxley, J. & Newstead, S. 2010 In : Annals of Advances in Automotive Medicine. 54, p. 275-283 9 p.

Painting a designated space: cyclist and driver compliance at cycling infrastructure at intersections

Johnson, M.Charlton, J.Newstead, S. & Oxley, J. 2010 In : Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety. 21, 3, p. 67 – 72 6 p.

The application of a naturalistic driving method to investigate on-road cyclist behaviour: A feasibility study

Johnson, M.Charlton, J. & Oxley, J. 2010 In : Road and Transport Research. 19, 2, p. 32 – 41 9 p.


Cyclists and red lights – a study of behaviour of commuter cyclists in Melbourne

Johnson, M.Charlton, J. L. & Oxley, J. A. 2008 Proceedings 2008 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference. Anderson, R. (ed.). Adelaide, SA: Adelaide Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, Vol. CD, p. 519 – 5246 p.


Last modified: 06/08/2018