Estimated Annual Bikeway Spending and System Completion Costs
Though funding for annual bikeway maintenance and the salary of the bicycle and pedestrian coordinator is provided as part of the annual city budget, funding for expansion of the bikeway system and related programs has been accomplished through grants. Table 9 shows a summary of citywide bicycle related grant funds spent by Milwaukee between 2003 and 2009. The city has spent about ten million dollars on bicycle related projects. About one tenth of this money, about $160,000 annually, has been spent on the installation of on-street facilities.
Table 9. Bikeway Facility and Program Spending 2003 - 2009
Completing the bikeway system laid out in Working Paper #4 within the proposed ten-year time-frame will require about $420,000 annually in the investment of on-street bikeways. Based on the historic average grant funding allocated to on-street bikeways, the City may need to allocate as much as $2.5 million dollars in additional funding. Table 10 illustrates four funding scenarios based on historic low, medium and high levels of grant funding.