It is useful to have a rough-order cost for implementing the entire primary cycle network.
This figure can be used to calculate the realistic annual expenditure required to complete the network in a reasonable timeframe, or the realistic timeframe to complete network development given the allocated funding. It can also be used as an input into benefit/cost calculations. Without this information, a cycling strategic plan can stagnate with no clear council support for funding, and no likely timeframe for completion.
However, the cost of implementing the entire planned cycle network may appear so high that it fails to get the necessary support. Therefore it needs to be presented in comparison with equivalent costs for roading. The ascribed network benefits should also be determined and presented; the relatively low costs generally make it easier to derive good benefit-cost ratios. An alternative approach is to identify a limited network to be implemented over 10 years based on achievable funding.
The network development planning process, timelines and budget setting will need to dovetail with other planning processes such as activity management plans, annual plans and long-term plans (LTPs).