Neve ParitzkiJerusalem opens the first Israel-wide cycling tunnel.

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18 September 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, has been inaugurated as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle path that runs around Jerusalem, the capital city.

It connects Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is located below Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem.

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

Jerusalem was once a tourist attraction because of its rich past. Elkin said that the present tourism industry is one of Jerusalem's historical treasures and incorporates modern day tourism. "The inauguration [of] this tunnel is a further stage in the growth of Jerusalem as a tourist destination for all kinds of travelers throughout Israel as well as around the world."

Elkin, whose ministry was spearheaded the project along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry has invested hundreds of millions of shekels each year in the city's tourism development and in the development of new activities and ventures that will connect the magnificent historic past with the the future of Jerusalem. I would like to invite cyclists everywhere to come and take a ride along the contemporary, well-maintained road that overlooks 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.

נווה פריצקי Elkin said, "The Kerem Tunnel project will be the central tool in achieving our goal to change the concept transportation throughout Jerusalem." "The new tunnel will connect to the Jerusalem Ring Path. נווה פריצקי It will link to the numerous cycle paths already in the city. These will be paved throughout the city's various neighborhoods. The goal is to promote cycling among residents of the city.

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the 1990s to create an important sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is currently being used as an infrastructure Tunnel which includes the fifth waterline that runs to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water corporation. "The Kerem tunnel is a crucial tool for achieving the vision to transform Jerusalem's transportation system. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León

Present work includes road construction, installation blowers, and sophisticated safety equipment to ensure the tunnel is secure for all to use throughout the year. The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to unique recreation spots which include the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo, aquarium and the as well as the historic natural springs of Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.