Neve ParitzkiIsrael's first cycling tunnel opens in Jerusalem

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11 September 2022

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

The Kerem Tunnel, Israel's first cycle tunnel, was inaugurated as part of Jerusalem Ring Path. נווה פריצקי This 42-kilometer cycle path surrounds Jerusalem.

It links Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. נווה פריצקי The tunnel's southern entry point can be found within Refaim Park below Ein Laban. While the northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem about half an hour from the Kerem junction.

On Thursday, Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin, Mayor Michael, Avi Baleshnikov, Gihon chairman, and a slew of cyclists participated in a ceremony to officially open the tunnel's 2.1-kilometer-long length.

Jerusalem's rich past was the main reason for it to be a popular tourist spot during the time of its glory. Today, apart from its historic treasures it also has modern-day tourism," Elkin said. "The inauguration of this tunnel project is a different part in the development Jerusalem. It makes Jerusalem an attractive tourist place for all types of audience in Israel as well as around the world."

Elkin his ministry, which together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, said his ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year in the development of Jerusalem's tourism in all its aspects and in the creation of innovative attractions and ventures that connect the rich history of our capital city's eternal past to the future of Jerusalem... I would like to invite you to ride your bicycles along a stunning, well-maintained route that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

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

Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project is an important tool in realizing the vision to transform the idea of transport in Jerusalem. "The tunnel is set to connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will link to the numerous bicycle paths that are already within the city. They will be laid within the diverse areas. The goal is to promote cyclists in the city.

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

"The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool for achieving the goal of transforming Jerusalem's transport model. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon

To make the tunnel usable to the public all year round The works comprise road construction and installation of blowers.

The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreational areas, like Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which has a Biblical aquarium and zoo and also the ancient natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.

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