Neve ParitzkiJerusalem is the site of Israel's first bicycle tunnel

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02 October 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel offers a unique trail and riding experience to the enjoyment of

The Kerem Tunnel, the first cycle tunnel in Israel is now open in the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles the capital city.

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

נווה פריצקי The tunnel's official opening ceremony, 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) along with hundreds of cyclists.

"In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive tourist city because of its rich history. Nowadays, aside from its rich history it also has modern tourism." Elkin said. "The launch of the tunnel project is another part of the growth of Jerusalem's city Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourist city for all types of people in Israel and around the globe."

Elkin who's ministry spearheaded the project along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry had invested hundreds of millions of shekels each year in Jerusalem's tourist development and also in the creation of new ventures and attractions which will link the amazing historical past with the exciting future of Jerusalem. I invite cyclists to enjoy a well-maintained, modern cycling route that overlooks the distinctive scenery of Old Jerusalem.

The project was funded by Elkin's ministry and the Tourism Ministry. It also included budgets for the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The project was completed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

נווה פריצקי Elkin stressed that "The Kerem Tunnel Project is the central instrument to achieve the goal to transform the concept of transport in Jerusalem." "The new tunnel will be connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path. נווה פריצקי It will connect with the various cycle paths already within the city. These will be paved in its diverse areas. The aim is to encourage cyclists in the city.

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

"The Kerem Tunnel Project is essential to realize the dream of transforming the concept of transportation all over Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León

The work currently in progress includes road construction, the installation of blowers, as well as advanced security and electrical systems to ensure the tunnel is safe for people to walk through at all times of the year.

Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreational areas, for instance Ein Kerem, a neighborhood that includes a biblical zoo and aquarium and also the historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.

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