|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
Two-Way Street Conversion: Evidence of Increased Livability in Louisville Journal of Planning Education and Research (2015)
While recent policies directed toward multimodal or complete streets have encouraged increased funding for bicycle- and pedestrian-oriented projects, many streets are still plagued by unsafe conditions. This is especially true for one-way streets, which studies ...
The impact of targeted outreach for parking mitigation on the UC Berkeley campus Case Studies in Transport Policy (2015)
Universities with urban campuses and constrained budgets such as the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley) often find that repurposing parking facilities is more cost effective than obtaining new land for expansion. In spring ...
Does walkability matter? An examination of walkability’s impact on housing values, foreclosures and crime Cities (2015)
In this study, researchers examined 170 neighborhoods in a medium-sized city to see whether walkability influences neighborhood sustainability. Until 2008, there had not been a reliable measure of the social, health, and economic impact of ...
Inclusively walkable: exploring the equity of walkable housing in the San Francisco Bay Area Local Environment (2014)
This study evaluates the inclusiveness of walkable housing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Using a series of regression models that control for an array of factors, this study finds that blacks are more likely ...
Dealing with Parking Issues on an Urban Campus: The Case of UC Berkeley Case Studies on Transport Policy (2014)
Many transportation planning studies focus on mode-of-transportation as a static variable, not accounting for a range of user decisions such as miles traveled or (if driving) the duration of time between departure and arrival. Existing ...
How brownfield sites kill places and people: an examination of neighborhood housing values, foreclosures, and lifespan Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability (2014)
This study examines the effects of Environmental Protection Agency brownfield sites on housing values, foreclosures, and premature deaths in Louisville, Kentucky, between 2000 and 2008. While previous research has focused on the impacts of brownfield ...
Metrics to monitor the status of fishing communities: An Alaska state of the state retrospective 1980–2010 Ocean & Coastal Management (2013)
We outline a suite of 11 quantitative metrics which provide information on the economic and demographic status of fishing communities, presenting data from 324 Alaskan communities over 1980–2010. These metrics provide an initial data set ...
Steps toward validity in active living research: Research design that limits accusations of physical determinism Health & Place (2013)
“Active living research” has been accused of being overly “physically deterministic” and this article argues that urban planners must continue to evolve research and address biases in this area. The article first provides background on ...
Nourishing urbanism: a case for a new urban paradigm International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability (2010)
True sustainability demands that we seek to more than ‘prop up’ traditional approaches to our environment; rather, it requires that we redress current shortcomings in the planning and design of our urban environment at both ...
Disruptive Transport: Driverless Cars, Transport Innovation and the Sustainable City of Tomorrow (2019)
With the rise of shared and networked vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and other transportation technologies, technological change is outpacing urban planning and policy. Whether urban planners and policy makers like it or not, these transformations will ...
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 ...
Working Papers (2)
Painting the Fence: Social Norms as Incentives To Non-Automotive Travel Behavior (2016)
Research exploring the behavioral dimensions that drive travel (Carrel, Ekambaram, Gaker, Sengupta, & Walker, 2012; Dugundji & Walker, 2005; Jariyasunant et al., 2015) has shown that social and psychological forces often play a role equal ...
Revisiting Location Efficiency: Strategies to Graduate Thinking on Mortgage Policy (2016)
In recent mortgage credit has become scarce, especially for low-to-middle income LMI individuals, including the working class and minorities. This has limited the ability for many of these individuals to purchase in sustainable, transportation accessible ...
Popular Press (49)
The Future of Transportation Disruption and How Public Agencies Can Respond Meeting of the Minds (2018)
Our modeling results confirmed the expectations noted above, but the magnitude of the effects may be surprising. Figures 1 and 2 show the range of effects captured by the models for vehicle travel and transit ...
How Autonomous Vehicles Will Influence the Future of Travel Meeting of the Minds (2018)
What if public agencies don’t change transportation policies or regulations as autonomous vehicles (AVs) enter the market and expand their presence on American roadways? This is one of many questions we investigate in assessing the ...
Deconstructing Howard through the Lens of Hall: Lessons from the Garden City Reformer Focus (2018)
In this provocative essay, William Riggs discusses the lasting legacy of Ebenezer Howard's and Sir Peter Hall's work and who it challenges us to think our solutions and deal with familiar issues like protecting green ...
More Sharing, Less Sprawl: A Manifesto for Street Livability, Health & Humanity in the Era of Driverless Cars Planning & Technology Today (2017)
For street and community livability, Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) potentially offer the benefits of more street space for cyclists and pedestrians, and reduced demands for parking. But to realize these promises, planners need to achieve two ...