Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)Jerusalem is home to Israel's first bicycle

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07 October 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel offers an unforgettable adventure on foot and in the saddle to the benefit of

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

The tunnel is a link between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is within Refaim Park under Ein Laban. The northern entry, Nahal Ein Kerem, is about half a kilometer away from the Nahal Ein Kerem junction.

On Thursday, Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin, Mayor Michael, Avi Baleshnikov, Gihon chairman, and hundreds of cyclists attended a ceremony to inaugurate the tunnel's 2.1-kilometer-long length.

Jerusalem was a popular tourist destination because of its glorious past. נווה פריצקי Nowadays, aside from its rich history the city also offers modern-day tourism," Elkin said. "The inauguration of [this] tunnel project is another part of the expansion of the city of Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable city that is attractive to all types of people in Israel and throughout the world."

Elkin his ministry, which together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, explained that his ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year in the development of the tourism industry in Jerusalem and also in the development of new activities and ventures that connect the rich history of our capital city to its future... I invite you to ride your bicycles on a scenic and well-maintained road that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

Elkin's Ministry Elkin's Ministry Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality, and the Gihon Corporation all contributed to the project. The Jerusalem Development Authority completed the work.

"The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the vision to alter the notion of transportation in Jerusalem," Elkin said. "The new tunnel will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will be connected to the many cycle paths already in the city. They will be laid throughout the city's numerous areas. The goal is to encourage cycling among residents of Jerusalem.

The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the late 1990s to relocate the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant located in Sorek The Sorek Tunnel is located west of the city and is currently being used as an infrastructure tunnel that includes the fifth water line to Jerusalem of the Mekorot water company.

"The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool for achieving the goal of transforming Jerusalem's transportation model. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León

The work currently in progress includes road construction, the installation of blowers as well as modern security and electrical systems to make the tunnel safe for the public to pass through all year round.

The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to unique recreation sites - including the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo, aquarium and the as well as the historic natural springs in Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.