Neve ParitzkiJerusalem: Israel's First Cycling Tunnel opens

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20 September 2022

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

The Kerem Tunnel, Israel's first bike tunnel, opened as part of Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycle path surrounds Jerusalem. The tunnel links Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. The tunnel's southern entry point can be found in Refaim Park below Ein Laban. While the northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem about half one kilometer away from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially inaugurated by Jerusalem's Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin. It was also attended by Mayor Moshelion, Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company chairman, and thousands of cyclists.

נווה פריצקי "In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive tourist city due to its rich past. In the present, in addition to its historical treasures it also has modern tourism," Elkin said. "The inauguration[of] the tunnel project is a different aspect of the growth of Jerusalem and it's transformation into an attractive tourist destination for everyone across Israel and the world.

Elkin, whose ministry and the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, said that his ministry "invests hundreds to millions of shekels per year in the growth of all aspects Jerusalem's tourism and the creation and operation of exciting attractions, ventures , and other attractions which connect the rich past of our eternal city to its future". I invite cyclists to enjoy the modern, well-maintained cycling route overlooking the unique scenery of Old Jerusalem.

Elkin's Ministry Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25,000,000 for the project. The work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

"The Kerem Tunnel project is the central instrument for achieving the idea to change the concept of transportation across Jerusalem," Elkin stressed. Elkin explained that the proposed tunnel connects with the Jerusalem Ring Path and will link with existing bike routes. נווה פריצקי It will also be paved throughout its various areas. This will increase cycling and encourage green transportation in the capital.

The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the early 1990s in order to shift the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant in Sorek It is situated west of the city and is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel. It also houses the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.

"The Kerem tunnel is a key tool to realize the goal of changing Jerusalem's transportation system. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon

Construction of roads, the installation and testing of electrical and safety systems are some of the ongoing efforts to make the tunnel safer for all year. The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to unique recreation spots such as the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo and aquarium, as well as the historic natural springs in Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.

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