Neve ParitzkiJerusalem The First Cycling Tunnel in Israel Tunnel opens

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20 September 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel offers an unforgettable riding and hiking experience to the advantage of

The Kerem Tunnel, Israel's newest bicycle tunnel, has been constructed as a part of the 42-kilometer cycle route which circles the capital.

The tunnel links the paths between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The tunnel's southern entrance is located within Refaim Park below Ein Laban. נווה פריצקי While the northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem about half one kilometer away from the Kerem junction.

נווה פריצקי The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was inaugurated by Jerusalem's Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin. The ceremony was also attended by Mayor Moshelion Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company Chairman, as well as thousands of cyclists.

Jerusalem was a popular tourist destination due to its rich history. Elkin explained that today as well as its historical treasures, the tunnel project also encompasses modern day tourism. "The inauguration [of] this tunnel project is yet another stage in the growth of Jerusalem as an attractive tourist destination for all types of travelers throughout Israel and all over the world."

Elkin, whose ministry was spearheaded the project along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry had invested hundreds of millions of shekels annually in the development of Jerusalem's tourism and also in the creation of new activities and ventures that will connect the magnificent historical past and future of Jerusalem. נווה פריצקי I encourage the cycling community to enjoy a safe and modern route that takes the cyclist through Old Jerusalem.

Elkin's Ministry Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25 million for the project. The project was executed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin said that "The Kerem Tunnel Project is a central tool to realize the vision to change the way we think about transportation throughout Jerusalem." "The new tunnel, which connects to the long Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing bicycle routes in the city as well as those that are paved in its various neighborhoods, in the hope of encouraging cycling among the city's residents as well as its visitors, and also promoting the green transportation revolution in Jerusalem."

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

"The Kerem tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the goal of changing the way of transport in Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon

Road construction, installation , and testing of safety and electrical systems are some of the ongoing efforts to make the tunnel safer for all year.

The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to unique recreation sites which include the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo, aquarium and the and the historical natural springs in Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.

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