|August 2017 - Present||Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco|
|2002 - Present||Principal & Director of Research, Sustinere ‐ Research|
|August 2016 - September 2017||Visiting Scholar, San Jose State University ‐ Department of Urban and Regional Planning|
|January 2013 - September 2017||Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo ‐ City and Regional Planning|
|May 2008 - April 2014||Principal Planner and Research Scholar, University of California, Berkeley, California|
|August 2012 - January 2013||Adjunct Faculty Member, San Jose State University ‐ Department of Urban and Regional Planning|
|June 2007 - May 2008||Senior Planner, Arup|
|May 2003 - June 2007||Asset Manager & Planner, US Coast Guard|
|August 2001 - May 2003||Graduate Research Assistant, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky|
|May 2002 - September 2002||Graduate Planner, Robert Doughty Consultancy|
|August 2006 - December 2011||PhD, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, California|
|August 2001 - May 2003||MUP, MUP, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky|
|August 1997 - June 2001||BA, BA, Ball State University, Muncie, IN|
William Riggs PhD, AICP, LEED AP
School of Management
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
City Planning Technology, 2019 Benchmarking Study Planetizen (2019)
Emerging technologies are fundamentally changing the planning, development, and management of cities, as cities around the globe grow more technologically advanced and connected. Throughout the day-to-day business of running cities, planning and development offer some ...
The impact of cargo bikes on the travel patterns of women Urban, Planning and Transport Research (2018)
Research shows a disparity continues to exist between women and men with regard to cycling behavior; women cycle at far lower rates. Cargo bikes have been suggested as one tool to increase the gender balance ...
The convergence of smartphone apps, gamification and competition to increase cycling Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour (2018)
This study investigates how changes in cycling encouragement program game mechanics affect measured bicycle riding frequency. The study relies on cycling program participant data from three large-scale and recurring annual encouragement campaigns (the UK National ...
Technology, Civic Engagement and Street Science: Hacking the Future of Participatory Street Design in the Era of Self-Driving Cars. In dg.o ’18: dg.o 2018: Proceedings of the 19th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research, May 30-June 1, 2018, Delft, Netherlands. (2018)
Emerging technologies are fundamentally changing how we plan, develop, and manage our cities. Given trends of increasing mobile use, local governments are being required to adopt and use new technologies to plan, communicate and engage ...
State of the Art in Planning for College and University Campuses: Site Planning and Beyond Journal of the American Planning Association (2018)
Problem, research strategy, and findings: Colleges and universities have been planning their campuses for centuries, yet scholars have conducted little empirical research regarding the nature of campus planning in the United States. We review recent ...
The TOD and Smart Growth Implications of the LA Adaptive Reuse Ordinance Sustainable Cities and Society (2018)
The Los Angeles Adaptive Reuse Ordinance (ARO) is an incentive program that encourages building reuse through regulatory exemptions. The ARO was partially intended to reduce vehicle miles travelled (VMT) by encouraging mixed commercial and residential ...
Rethinking the Street in an Era of Driverless Cars UrbanismNext (2018)
Global citizens get few moments to rethink streets and make decisions that will both serve the basic purposes of transportation and address urgent challenges like climate change, rising obesity, social isolation and conflict— all while ...
The economic impact of one to two-way street conversions: advancing a context-sensitive framework Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability (2018)
As many communities across the US convert one-way streets to two-way traffic flow, a growing body of work seeks to understand the implications. While some work indicates that there can be road safety and performance ...
Autonomous Vehicles and the Built Environment: Exploring the Impacts on Different Urban Contexts Road Vehicle Automation 5 (2018)
Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) offer a new entryway into society-wide conversations regarding transportation, functions of cities, the use of streets and, ultimately, urban sustainability. AVs are likely to disrupt urban spaces from city centers to the ...
Revisiting location efficiency: strategies to graduate thinking on mortgage policy Housing and Society (2017)
In recent years, mortgage credit has become scarce, especially for low-to-middle income (LMI) individuals, including the working class and minorities. This has limited the ability of many of these individuals to purchase in sustainable, transportation ...
Rapid prototyping a school-based health program in the developing world Development Engineering (2017)
Basic sanitation and hygiene can prevent roughly a million deaths a year. This study examines the rapid prototyping of a pilot school-based handwashing, safe water, and sanitation program in Chennai, India. Our content analysis identified ...
Walkability and the benefits of place-based housing: an examination of Louisville’s HOPE VI neighborhoods Housing & Society (2017)
The Homeownership Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE VI) program has marked a shift from larger development to more neighborhood sensitive projects based on small community development models. These developments are integrated with local neighborhoods and ...
Teaching Methods in Urban Planning Using Planetizen Courses Planetizen (2017)
This paper evaluates a pilot experiment at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to: 1) increase the learning tools available in a quantitative methods course classroom, transitioning to a high-tech, virtual environment and 2) redesign the ...
Commute mode diversity and public health: A multivariate analysis of 148 US cities International Journal of Sustainable Transportation (2017)
Urban sprawl has a negative relationship with regional health outcomes, such as high obesity and chronic diseases related to physical inactivity. At the same time, literature has shown that walkable built environments are connected to ...
Painting the fence: Social norms as economic incentives to nonautomotive travel behavior Travel Behaviour and Society (2017)
Research exploring the behavioral economic dimensions that drive travel has shown that social and psychological forces often play a role equal to price and economic levers. Yet, more work is needed to evaluate how financial ...
Think globally, act locally: neighbourhood pollution and the future of the earth Local Environment (2017)
Each year governments and industry around the globe spend billions of dollars in search of treatments and cures for diseases that shorten lives, which often means gadgets, implants, radiation and pills. These “cures”, do not ...
Building More Parking at Major Employment Centers: Can Full-Cost Recovery Parking Charges Fund TDM Programs? Case Studies on Transport Policy (2016)
In dense urban areas, surface parking often poses an opportunity cost, and reuse of the land for urban development with parking relocated to a multi-story structure may be an attractive option. This paper analyzes the ...
The Connection Between Neighborhood Walkability and Life Longevity in a Midsized City Focus (2016)
Riggs and Gilderbloom discuss a study for Louisville, KY that confirms the relationship between walkability and health, offering lessons for similar urban areas. Investigating years of projected life lost as it relates to neighborhood walkability, ...
Cargo bikes as a growth area for bicycle vs. auto trips: Exploring the potential for mode substitution behavior Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour (2016)
Cargo bikes are increasing in availability in the United States. While a large body of research continues to investigate traditional bike transportation, cargo bikes offer the potential to capture trips for those that might otherwise ...
Mobile responsive websites and local planning departments in the US: Opportunities for the future Environment and Planning B (2016)
As use of mobile technology grows rapidly, planning agencies experiment and adopt new policies to accommodate this increase. While a significant body of literature has extolled the growth and opportunity this technological change presents, little ...
Moving From Planning to Action: Exploring Best Practice Policy in the Finance of Local Bicycling and Pedestrian Improvements Case Studies on Transport Policy (2016)
In the face of diminished federal and state transportation funding, cities continue to look for creative local funding mechanisms to pay for and implement their multi-modal goals. To understand the types of local funding being ...
How is mobile technology changing city planning? Developing a taxonomy for the future Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design (2015)
The emergence of web technology creates tremendous opportunity to advance good government, through increased information, interaction with the public, and cost-effective, efficient means of conducting public transactions. Some have proposed that e-government tools have two ...
Testing personalized outreach as an effective TDM measure Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice (2015)
Urban college campuses often face challenges providing maximum transportation accessibility. Many believe strategies to ‘push’ and ‘pull’ individuals out of private automobiles will reduce emissions and mitigate the need for parking. This study focuses on ...