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

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06 October 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel is a great place to ride and hike.

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 the capital city.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. It is located in southern Israel within Refaim Park. Ein Laban is the nearest. Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.

The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was opened on Thursday by Jerusalem and heritage minister Ze'ev Elkin and Moshe Lion, the Mayor. Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon the chairman of Gihon, and hundreds other cyclists were also present.

Jerusalem was once very sought-after tourist destination due to its rich history. נווה פריצקי Elkin declared that, in the present, apart from its historical treasures it is also home to modern-day travelers. "The opening (of the tunnel) is another aspect of the expansion of Jerusalem as well as the transformation of Jerusalem into a popular tourist city for all sorts of people throughout Israel as well as around the globe."

Elkin his ministry, which spearheaded the project along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry had invested thousands of shekels each year in Jerusalem's tourist development as well as in creating new attractions and ventures that connect the stunning historic past with the the future of Jerusalem. I invite cycling enthusiasts to come and enjoy a modern and well-maintained cycling route that takes in the unique scenery of Old Jerusalem."

A total of NIS 25 million were put into in the project, financed by Elkin's ministry, the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, and the work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stressed, "The Kerem Tunnel project will be the central tool in achieving our goal to change the notion of transportation in Jerusalem." "The new tunnel will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will link to the numerous cycling routes that exist in the city. These will be paved throughout the city's various neighborhoods. The aim is to encourage cycling among the residents of Jerusalem.

The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in the year 1990 to relocate the main sewers of Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. This plant is west of Sorek and is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel.

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

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon

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

The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreation areas, such as Ein Kerem, a neighborhood that includes a biblical zoo and aquarium as well as historical natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.