Neve ParitzkiJerusalem's first cycle tunnel has been opened in Israel

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20 September 2022

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

נווה פריצקי The tunnel is a link between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is located in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban and its northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem, about one kilometer away close to the Kerem junction. The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was opened on Thursday, by Jerusalem and heritage minister Ze'ev Elkin and Mayor Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon, chairman of Gihon as well as a multitude of cyclists were also present.

Jerusalem was once a major tourist attraction because of its rich past. Elkin stated that, today, apart from its rich history, Jerusalem is also home to modern-day travelers. "The inauguration of [this] tunnel is another aspect of the growth of Jerusalem's city Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourist destination for all kinds of audiences in Israel as well as around the world."

Elkin, whose ministry together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, said the ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the development of the tourism industry in Jerusalem and also in the development of new activities and ventures that connect the glorious historical past of our capital city's eternal past to its future... I would like to invite cyclists to ride along a the modern, well-maintained cycling route overlooking the unique nature of Old Jerusalem.

Around NIS 25 million were put into in the project, budgeted by Elkin's ministry The Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, with the work carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stressed, "The Kerem Tunnel project is a key instrument in achieving our goal to change the concept transportation throughout Jerusalem." Elkin stated that the new tunnel will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path and will link with existing bike paths. The tunnel will also be made paved in the various areas. This will help cyclists and promote green transportation in the capital.

נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in 1990 to move the main sewer from Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. This plant is located west of Sorek and is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel.

"The Kerem tunnel project is essential to achieving the vision for changing Jerusalem's transportation system. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León

The current works include road construction, installation of blowers and advanced safety and electrical systems to make the tunnel safe for people to walk through at all times of the year.

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