Chapman Road Activation Trial Stage 2

An extension of the Chapman Road Activation Pilot Project trialing further temporary changes to the street between Cathedral Avenue and Durlacher Street was approved by Council in November 2022. Stage 1 background here.

Stage 1 Outcomes

Stage 1 of the trial had successfully achieved most of its objectives which were to make the street a more inviting and comfortable place for people, not just cars. Even though more people are visiting and spending time in the area than before the trial began, some aspects of the trial were unpopular with the community including:

  • The reduction of the road width to one lane each way as this section of Chapman Road does not meet the minimum road width requirement for it to be four lanes wide.
  • Snaked traffic lanes to slow traffic down as requested by Main Roads Western Australia (MRWA).
  • A reduction in traffic speed to 30km/h.
  • Merging of two traffic lanes to one in front of the Art Gallery as it causes some peak hour congestion. A right turn-only lane heading south on Chapman Road onto Durlacher Street was planned for this intersection but MRWA approval was not possible with the available budget and time frame.

Images: Stage 1 activation features planter boxes, artworks and bench seating.

Tree planters Critter trail artwork Bench seating

What's being further trialed?

Stage 2 of the Chapman Road Activation Trial has been informed by community feedback and the concept design reflects the revised road layout proposed in the Geraldton City Centre Revitalisation Plan.

What will be changed?

  • The two snaked traffic lanes will be straightened.
  • Physical boundaries will be used to better delineate the expanded pedestrian zone from traffic.
  • Designated on-street parking will be created.
  • Adjustments to the merging and demerging sections of the street will be made.

What will remain the same?

  • Trialing of one lane of traffic in each direction.
  • Retention of the 30km/h speed limit.
  • 19 trees in colourful planter boxes.
  • Artworks by local artists on buildings and windows.
  • Interactive Critter Art Trail.

Main Roads Western Australia has already reviewed the concept design.

Stage 2 works to implement the revised design will take place in the coming months.

Image: Stage 2 Concept Design

Stage 2 Concept Design