Neve ParitzkiJerusalem inaugurates Israel's first cycle tunnel

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20 September 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a the most unique riding and hiking experience.

נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel, the first cycle tunnel in Israel is now open as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route that surrounds Jerusalem, the capital city.

The tunnel links Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. It has a southern entrance located in Refaim Park. Ein Laban is the nearest. Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.

The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was inaugurated on Thursday by Jerusalem and heritage minister Ze'ev Elkin and Mayor Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon the chairman of Gihon as well as a multitude of cyclists were also in attendance.

Jerusalem was a popular tourist destination because of its rich and fascinating past. Elkin said that today, apart from its rich history, Jerusalem is also home to modern-day travelers. "The launch of the tunnel is another aspect of the growth of Jerusalem as a city. Jerusalem and its transformation into an attractive city that is attractive to all types of visitors throughout Israel and around the world."

Elkin, whose ministry together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, explained that his ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year in the improvement of all aspects of Jerusalem's tourism and in the creation of new tourist attractions and ventures that link the fascinating history of our eternal capital to the future of Jerusalem... I invite cyclists to enjoy a well-maintained, modern cycling route that overlooks the distinctive landscape of Old Jerusalem.

Elkin's Ministry, Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25 million for the project. The work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority. Elkin stated that the Kerem Tunnel project was a crucial element in achieving the dream of changing the concept for transport throughout Jerusalem. נווה פריצקי "The new tunnel will be connected with the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will be connected to the many cycle paths already within the city. These will be paved within the diverse neighborhoods. The goal is to encourage cycling among the residents of Jerusalem.

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

"The Kerem tunnel project is the central instrument for achieving the vision to change the concept of transportation throughout Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee

Road construction, installation and testing of safety and electrical systems are some of the ongoing projects to ensure that the tunnel is secure for all year. The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to special recreation areas such as the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo and aquarium, along with the historic natural springs of Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh. נווה פריצקי