Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)Jerusalem The First Cycling Tunnel in Israe

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07 October 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel offers an unforgettable hike and riding experience for the advantage of

The Kerem Tunnel, Israel's newest cycle tunnel, is constructed as a part of an extensive cycle path that runs through the capital.

The tunnel is located through the Nahal-Refaim-Emek-Motza path. נווה פריצקי The tunnel's southern entrance is below Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance is found in Nahal Ein Kerem.

Inauguration of the tunnel which measures 2.1 kilometers long took place in Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin, Mayor Moshelion and Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman of the company) and hundreds more cyclists.

"In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive tourist destination because of its rich history. In the present, in addition to its historic treasures the city also offers modern tourism," Elkin said. "The inauguration [of] this tunnel is a further step in the development of Jerusalem as a tourism destination for all kinds of tourists from Israel and all over the world."

Elkin who, along with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, stated that his ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the improvement of all aspects of Jerusalem's tourism and also in the development of innovative activities and ventures that connect the glorious historical past of our capital city's eternal past to the future of Jerusalem... I invite cyclists to enjoy a well-maintained, modern cycling route that overlooks the distinctive landscape of Old Jerusalem.

Elkin's Ministerial, Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25,000,000 for the project. The work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stated that the Kerem Tunnel project was a important tool to realize the goal of shifting the idea of transport throughout Jerusalem. "The new tunnel will be connected with the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will connect with the various bicycle paths that are already in the city. They will be laid in its various areas. The goal is to encourage cyclists in the city.

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the 90s to move a main sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is currently utilized as an infrastructure tunnel which includes the fifth waterline that runs to Jerusalem via 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 León

The works currently underway include road construction, installation of blowers, as well as advanced safety and electrical systems to make the tunnel safe for pedestrians to travel through throughout the year.

Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel provides access to exclusive recreation spots, including Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the Biblical aquarium and zoo as well as the natural springs of historical significance Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban, and Ein Haniyeh.

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