Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)The first cycle tunnel in Israel is inaugur

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08 October 2022

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

The Kerem Tunnel is the first bike tunnel in Israel and was officially opened in the year 2000 as part the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle path that runs around the capital.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. Its 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 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was inaugurated on Thursday, by Jerusalem and the heritage minister Ze'ev Elkin as well as Moshe Lion, the Mayor. נווה פריצקי Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon Chairman of Gihon and a plethora of other cyclists were also present.

Jerusalem was a desirable tourist destination due to its glorious past. In the present, in addition to its historic treasures, it also incorporates modern-day tourism." Elkin said. "The inauguration (of the tunnel) is an additional part of the expansion of Jerusalem and the transformation of Jerusalem into a popular tourist destination for all kinds of visitors across Israel and around the world."

Elkin, whose ministry and the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, stated that the Jerusalem Municipality's ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels annually to develop all aspects of Jerusalem's tourism and the creation and operation of new attractions, ventures , and other attractions that link the rich history of Jerusalem's eternal city to its future". I would like to invite cyclists to ride a secure and modernized route that will take the cyclist through Old Jerusalem.

A total of NIS 25 million was invested in the project, budgeted 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 said that "The Kerem Tunnel Project is the central instrument to achieve the dream to change the way we think about transport throughout Jerusalem." "The new tunnel connecting to the Jerusalem Ring Path will join existing paths for bicycles and those that will paved in its neighborhoods. It's designed to encourage cycling among the residents of Jerusalem and encourage the green transport revolution in Jerusalem."

The Kerem Tunnel, originally excavated by the Gihon Corporation in the 1990s in order to transfer its main sewer line towards the Sorek purification plant.

"The Kerem Tunnel Project is an important tool in realizing the dream of changing the transportation concept across Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon

Present works include road construction, installation blowers and sophisticated safety systems to ensure that the tunnel is safe to use all year.

It is also possible to use the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique recreation spots, including Ein Kerem, the Biblical Zoo, aquarium, and the Ein Kerem neighborhood.

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