Neve ParitzkiJerusalem: Israel's First Cycling Tunnel opens

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20 September 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel is a great location to go on a hike or ride.

The Kerem Tunnel, Israel's first bicycle tunnel, was opened as part of Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycle route is located around Jerusalem.

The tunnel is a link between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. Its southern entry is located in Refaim Park under Ein Laban. נווה פריצקי The northern entry, Nahal Ein Kerem, is approximately half a mile away from the Nahal Ein Kerem junction.

Inauguration of the tunnel that is 2.1 kilometers long was held in Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshelion, Heritage Minister Ze'ev Elkin Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman) as well as a plethora of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once very sought-after tourist destination due to its historic past. Elkin declared that, in the present aside from its historical treasures it is also home to modern-day travelers. "The launch of the tunnel is another part in the development Jerusalem. It transforms the city into an attractive tourist place for every kind of person throughout Israel as well as around the world."

Elkin who, along with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, said his ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year to develop Jerusalem's tourism in all its aspects and in the creation of exciting activities and ventures that connect the rich history of our eternal capital to the future of Jerusalem... I would like to invite cyclists to ride along a the modern, well-maintained cycling route that overlooks the distinctive landscape of Old Jerusalem.

Elkin's ministry and the Tourism Ministry budgeted the project.

"The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the vision to change the concept of transportation throughout Jerusalem," Elkin said. "The tunnel, which is connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing cycle routes within the city as well as the ones that will be constructed within the various areas. It is designed to encourage bicycling within its inhabitants, and promote an environmentally sustainable transportation system in Jerusalem."

The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the late 1990s to relocate the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant in Sorek, which is located just west of the city. נווה פריצקי It is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel that includes the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem of the Mekorot water company.

"The Kerem tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the dream of changing the notion of transportation in Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon

To make the tunnel usable to the general public throughout the year The works comprise road construction, as well as installation of blowers.

You can also access the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique recreation spots, including Ein Kerem, the Biblical zoo, aquarium and the Ein Kerem neighborhood.

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