Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)Jerusalem inaugurates Israel's first cyclin

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08 October 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel, Israel's first bicycle tunnel, was opened as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycle path surrounds Jerusalem.

The tunnel runs through the Nahal-Refaim-Emek-Motza path. It has a southern entrance located in Refaim Park. Ein Laban is the closest. Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.

נווה פריצקי The opening ceremony of the tunnel, which 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 of the company) and hundreds more cyclists.

Jerusalem was once very sought-after tourist destination due to its historical past. Elkin said that today aside from its historical treasures it also incorporates modern tourists. "The opening of this tunnel project is a different element of the development of Jerusalem. It transforms the city into an attractive tourist place for every kind of person throughout Israel, and worldwide."

The ministry of Elkin, which also in charge of the project together alongside Jerusalem Municipality, said that the ministry "invests hundreds and millions of shekels annually in all aspects of Jerusalem's tourism industry and is involved in developing exciting attractions and ventures which connect the glorious historic past of our eternal capital with its future." I would like to invite cyclists to come and enjoy a modern and well-maintained cycling route that offers a view of the unique scenery of Old Jerusalem."

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

"The Kerem Tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the vision to alter the notion of transportation throughout Jerusalem," Elkin stressed. Elkin said that the new tunnel will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path and will connect with existing bike trails. The tunnel will also be made paved in its different neighborhoods. The tunnel will be a great way to help cyclists and promote green transport in Jerusalem.

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the 90s to move an important sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is now being utilized as an infrastructure tunnel that includes the fifth waterline to Jerusalem via the Mekorot water corporation.

"The Kerem tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the goal of changing the notion of transportation in Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon

Road construction, installation, blowers, sophisticated safety systems and electrical wiring are all part and parcel of the present work. The tunnel will be safe for the people to use all season.

The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to many recreation sites, including Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium, as well as historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.

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