Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)Jerusalem: Israel's First Cycling Tunnel op

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06 October 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience.

The Kerem Tunnel is the first cycle tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was opened as a part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles the capital.

The tunnel links Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. The tunnel's southern entrance is located in Refaim Park below Ein Laban. The northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem about half one kilometer from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was inaugurated by Jerusalem's Heritage Minister ZeevElkin. The ceremony was also attended by Mayor Moshelion, Avi Balehnikov, Gihon Water Company Chairman, as well as hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was a desirable tourist destination due to its rich and fascinating historical. Elkin declared that, in the present in addition to its historical treasures it is also a destination for modern-day tourists. "The launch (of the tunnel) is an additional part of the development of Jerusalem, and the transformation of Jerusalem into a popular city to visit for all kinds of visitors in Israel and around the globe."

Elkin his ministry, which together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, stated that the ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year to develop the tourism industry in Jerusalem and also in the development of exciting attractions and ventures that connect the glorious historical past of our capital city to the future of Jerusalem... I encourage cyclists to join us and take a ride along an up-to-date and well-maintained cycling route that overlooks the special nature of Old Jerusalem."

Elkin's Ministry Elkin's Ministry Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation all contributed to the project. The Jerusalem Development Authority completed the work.

Elkin stressed that "The Kerem Tunnel Project is the central instrument to achieve the vision to transform the concept of transport throughout Jerusalem." "The new tunnel, which connects to the long Jerusalem Ring Path, will join existing bike paths in the city and the ones that will be laid in its various neighborhoods, to encourage cycling among the city's residents as well as its visitors, and also in promoting the green revolution of transportation in Jerusalem."

The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in 1990 to move the main sewer of Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. נווה פריצקי The plant is located west of Sorek and is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel.

"The Kerem tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the goal of changing the way of transport in Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee

Current works include road construction, installation blowers as well as advanced safety systems to ensure that the tunnel is safe to use throughout the year.

Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel provides access to exclusive recreation spots, including Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the biblical aquarium and zoo as well as the natural springs of historical significance Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban Ein Laban, and Ein Haniyeh.

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