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B.C. to provide $6M to help build local cycling infrastructure

Last year the B.C government gave out more that $6 million to cycling infrastructure projects and now it's reminding communities that the same amount of money is available again this year.

Cities and towns have until April 8, 2016 to apply

B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone, middle, is encouraging communities to apply for provincial funding to build cycling or walking infrastructure. (Government of B.C.)

Last year the B.C government gave out more that $6 million to cycling infrastructure projects and now it's reminding communities that the same amount of money is available again this year.

"Applications for this year's BikeBC funding are now open," said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone at a rain-soaked media event in Richmond.

"We're enabling municipalities of all sizes to encourage and promote active lifestyles and viable transportation options for B.C. families."

In 2015, the cost-sharing program provided $6.14 million for 26 projects in 25 communities across the province. Another $6 million is available this year.

To be considered for funding, local governments must describe how the projects benefit their communities and how they contribute to increased physical activity and healthy living.

According to a news release on the funding, the ministry is also looking at how a project can increase tourism cycling.

The deadline to apply is April 8, 2016.

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