Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)Israel's first cycling tunnel opens in Jeru

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09 October 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel offers an unforgettable riding and hiking experience to the benefit of

The Kerem Tunnel, Israel's newest cycle tunnel, was opened as part a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles the capital.

The tunnel links Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. The southern entrance is located in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban and its northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem, about one kilometer away from the Kerem junction.

The opening ceremony of the tunnel, which is 2.1 kilometers long, was held in Jerusalem and the Heritage Minister Ze'ev Elkin Mayor Moshelion, Heritage Minister Ze'ev Elkin Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman of the company) and hundreds more cyclists.

Jerusalem was a desirable tourist destination due to its glorious history. Elkin said that apart from its historic treasures, modern tourism is also included in the city of Jerusalem. "The inauguration[of] the tunnel project is another aspect of the growth of Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourism destination for all across Israel as well as around the world.

Elkin, who heads the project in conjunction with Jerusalem Municipality said that his ministry invests hundreds of millions in Jerusalem's tourism development and also in the development of new activities and ventures that tie the glorious past of Jerusalem to the future. I invite the cycling community to ride a secure and modernized route that will take the cyclist through Old Jerusalem.

Elkin's ministry and the Tourism Ministry budgeted the project.

Elkin said that "The Kerem Tunnel Project is an essential tool for achieving the vision to transform the concept of transport in Jerusalem." "The new tunnel will be connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will connect with the various cycle paths already within the city. The paths will be paved within the various areas. The goal is to encourage cyclists in Jerusalem.

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the 1990s to create a main sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is currently utilized as an infrastructure tunnel which includes the fifth waterline to Jerusalem via the Mekorot water corporation.

"The Kerem tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the vision to change the concept of transportation throughout Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León

In order to make the tunnel accessible to the public all year round the work includes road construction, as well as installing blowers.

The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to numerous places to relax, including Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium and also historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.

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