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

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09 October 2022

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

The tunnel connects the path between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. It is located in southern Israel in Refaim Park. Ein Laban is the nearest. Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.

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

Jerusalem was once well-known tourist destination due to its rich history. Elkin said that, the present along with its historical treasures the tunnel project encompasses modern day tourism. "The opening of this tunnel is another element of the development of Jerusalem. The tunnel transforms the city into an attractive tourist place for all types of audience within Israel as well as around the world."

Elkin, whose ministry and the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, said that his ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year in the growth of all aspects Jerusalem's tourists and in the development and operation of innovative attractions, ventures and attractions which connect the rich past of Jerusalem's eternal city to the future". I invite you to ride your bicycles along a beautiful, 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. Work was performed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project is an crucial tool to realize the vision to alter the concept and transport in Jerusalem. "The tunnel, which is connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing cycle routes within the city and will be constructed within the various neighborhood. The tunnel is intended to encourage cycling within its inhabitants, and promote an environmentally sustainable transportation system in Jerusalem."

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

"The Kerem tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the dream of changing the concept of transportation throughout Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee

Road construction, installation and testing of safety and electrical systems are just some of the ongoing efforts to ensure the tunnel is safe throughout the year.

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