Neve ParitzkiJerusalem opens the first Israel-wide cycling tunnel

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15 September 2022

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

The Kerem Tunnel, the first cycle tunnel in Israel, has been inaugurated as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle path that runs around Jerusalem, Israel's capital city.

The tunnel is located along the Nahal Refaim-Emek Mostza route. Its southern entrance is located below Ein Laban in Refaim Park. נווה פריצקי The northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem.

The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel project was inaugurated during a celebration 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 a popular tourist destination because of its historical past. Elkin said that today in addition to its rich history, Jerusalem also incorporates modern tourists. "The inauguration (of [this] tunnel project is an additional part of the development of Jerusalem as well as its transformation into a desirable tourist city for all sorts of audiences across Israel as well as across the globe."

Elkin, whose ministry together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, explained that his ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year to develop all aspects of Jerusalem's tourism and the development of exciting activities and ventures that connect the fascinating history of our capital city's eternal past to its future... I invite cyclists to enjoy the modern, well-maintained cycle route, which overlooks the stunning scenery of Old Jerusalem.

נווה פריצקי Elkin's Ministerial, Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25,000,000 for the project. נווה פריצקי Work was performed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project was a key tool in realizing the goal of shifting the idea of transport throughout Jerusalem. "The new tunnel connecting to the Jerusalem Ring Path will join existing bicycle paths and ones that are paved in the neighborhoods. נווה פריצקי The goal is to promote biking within the city's residents and to promote the green revolution in transport in the capital." In the 90s In the 90s, in the 1990s, Kerem Tunnel was excavated to transfer the main sewer line of Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is currently used for infrastructure purposes. It also houses the fifth water line to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.

נווה פריצקי "The Kerem tunnel project is central to realizing the goal of changing Jerusalem's transport system. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon

In order to make the tunnel accessible to the general public throughout the year The works comprise road construction and installing blowers.

The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreational areas, like Ein Kerem, a neighborhood that includes a biblical aquarium and zoo and ancient natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.

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