Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)Jerusalem is home to the world's first bicy

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09 October 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique adventure in hiking and riding that is to be enjoyed by everyone.

The Kerem Tunnel is the first cycle tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was opened as a part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route around the capital.

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

The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel was officially opened at a formal ceremony on Thursday attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze'evElkin, Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov and hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a tourist attraction because of its rich history. Elkin stated that nowadays along with its historic treasures, the tunnel project also incorporates modern-day tourism. "The opening of the tunnel project is a different aspect of the development Jerusalem as well as it's transformation into an attractive tourist destination for all types across Israel and around the world.

Elkin, whose ministry was responsible for the project, along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry invested hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the city's tourism development and also in the creation of new attractions and ventures that will connect the magnificent historic past with the the future of Jerusalem. נווה פריצקי I invite all cyclists to visit and enjoy the contemporary, well-maintained road that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

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

Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project is an important tool in realizing the vision to transform the idea of transportation throughout Jerusalem. "The tunnel, which will connect to the long Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing bicycle paths in the city and those that are paved in its various neighborhoods, in the hope of encouraging cycling among its residents and its visitors and in promoting the green revolution of transportation in Jerusalem."

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the late 90s to relocate an important 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 from the Mekorot water corporation.

"The Kerem tunnel is a crucial tool for achieving the dream of transforming Jerusalem's transportation system. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon

The current works include road construction, the installation of blowers as well as modern electrical and safety systems, in order to ensure that the tunnel is secure for people to walk through throughout the year.

The Kerem Tunnel provides access to special recreation areas, such as Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the Biblical aquarium and zoo as also the historical natural springs Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban, and Ein Haniyeh.