Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)The first tunnel for cycling in Israel is i

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09 October 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a the most unique riding and hiking experience.

The Kerem Tunnel, the first bicycle tunnel in Israel is now open in the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle path that runs around the capital city.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. The southern entrance is located in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban, and the northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem, about half a mile close to the Kerem junction.

נווה פריצקי The opening ceremony of the tunnel that is 2.1 kilometers long took place in Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshelion, Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman of the company) as well as a plethora of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a sought-after tourist destination due to its historical past. Elkin said that, nowadays, in addition to its historic treasures, the tunnel project also includes modern tourism. "The opening of this tunnel project is another part of the development of the city of Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourist city for all types of visitors in Israel and around the world."

Elkin who, along with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, explained that the ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year in the development of all aspects of Jerusalem's tourism and in the creation of exciting activities and ventures that connect the fascinating history of our capital city's eternal past to its future... I invite all cyclists to visit and enjoy the modern, well-maintained route that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

Elkin's Ministry, the Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation all contributed to the project. The Jerusalem Development Authority completed the project.

Elkin stated that the Kerem Tunnel project is an important tool in realizing the idea to transform the idea of transport throughout Jerusalem. Elkin said that the new tunnel is connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path and will connect with existing bike paths. The tunnel will also be made paved in its different neighborhoods. The tunnel will be a great way to increase cycling and encourage green transportation in the capital.

In the 1990s In the 90s, in the 1990s, Kerem Tunnel was excavated to relocate the main sewer line from Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is now utilized as an infrastructure tunnel and is also home to the fifth water line to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.

"The Kerem Tunnel Project is an important tool in realizing the vision to change the way transportation is thought of throughout Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon

The work currently in progress includes road construction, the installation of blowers as well as modern security and electrical systems to ensure the tunnel is safe for people to walk through all year round.

Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel allows for access to exclusive recreation areas like Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which includes a Biblical zoo and aquarium and historical natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.