Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)Jerusalem's first cycling tunnel is inaugur

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06 October 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a an experience that is unique in terms of hiking and riding.

The Kerem Tunnel, Israel's newest cycle tunnel, is constructed as a part of a 42-kilometer cycle route that runs through the capital.

The tunnel connects the path between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. It is located in southern Israel in Refaim Park. Ein Laban is the closest. נווה פריצקי Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.

The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel was officially opened at a formal ceremony held on Thursday that was attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze'ev Elkin, Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov, and a slew of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once very sought-after tourist destination due to its rich history. Elkin said that, the present along with its historical treasures the tunnel project encompasses modern day tourism. "The opening of the tunnel project is another element of the progress of Jerusalem as well as its transformation into a desirable tourism destination for all throughout Israel as well as around the world.

Elkin who, through his ministry and the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, stated that the Jerusalem Municipality's ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels per year to develop all aspects of Jerusalem's tourists and in the design and operation of exciting attractions, ventures , and other attractions that connect the glorious history of Jerusalem to its future". I would like to invite cyclists to ride along a the modern, well-maintained cycling route that overlooks the distinctive nature of Old Jerusalem.

Elkin's Ministry 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 stressed that "The Kerem Tunnel Project is a central tool to realize the dream to redefine the idea of transport in Jerusalem." "The tunnel, which will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing cycle paths in the city as well as those that will be constructed within the various neighborhood. The tunnel is intended to encourage cycling within its inhabitants, and to promote the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem."

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the late 90s to relocate a main sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is currently being used as an infrastructure tunnel which also includes the fifth line of water to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water corporation.

"The Kerem Tunnel project is the central instrument to achieve the vision of transforming Jerusalem's transportation model. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee

Present work includes road construction, installation blowers, and advanced safety systems to ensure that the tunnel is safe for everyone to use during the entire year.

Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel provides access to special recreation areas, such as Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the biblical aquarium and zoo as well as the natural springs of historical significance Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban, and Ein Haniyeh.