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Sam Johnson

Sustainable Transport Specialist, and co-lead - Active Mobility Knowledge Group at World Bank

About Sam

Sam Johnson is a Sustainable Transport Specialist with the World Bank. Sam has worked in transport infrastructure advisory for the World Bank with many governments around Asia-Pacific. He is a strong advocate for people-centric urban design and moving away from car-dependency for more fun, vibrant, equitable, affordable, healthy and green cities. Sam has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Hons1), Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action, and a Masters of Global Development Practice at Harvard University (Deans List). 

Conference Topic

Creating bike cities – city design & behavioural change

Globally there is a growing movement of cities adopting policies to maximise walking and biking as part of a broader green and sustainable transport strategy. While many cities may have ambitious visions and goals, in most cities, the progress visible on the ground is commonly limited to specific corridors or small sections. In contrast, the Tianjin Urban Transport Improvement Project (China) is a rare example of a megacity achieving rapid, city-scale, transformative change to improve streets for walking, biking and general public use and enjoyment, and integration with the city’s mass transit system.


The project contributes significantly to Tianjin’s longer-term goal to be a world-class model city for low-carbon and green transportation development and to generate lessons for both Chinese and international megacities.


Join this keynote to learn about this project - the 2024 winner of the Global Sustainable Transport Award - the first and largest of its kind financed by the World Bank, where streetscape improvements were done over an area larger than the size of the City of Paris

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