Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)Jerusalem's first cycling tunnel opened in

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08 October 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a an experience that is unique in terms of hiking and riding.

As part of the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route, which surrounds the capital city, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated.

The tunnel runs along the Nahal Refaim-Emek Motza path. The southern entrance is in Refaim Park under Ein Laban. The northern entry, Nahal Ein Kerem, is approximately half a mile away from the Kerem junction.

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

Jerusalem was a sought-after tourist destination because of its rich historical. Today, apart from its historical treasures, it also incorporates modern tourism." Elkin said. "The launch of the tunnel project is a further part of the growth of Jerusalem as a city. Jerusalem and its transformation into an attractive tourist destination for all kinds of people in Israel and throughout the globe."

Elkin the minister whose ministry as well as the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, said that the Jerusalem Municipality's ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year to develop all aspects of Jerusalem's visitors and in the design and operation of exciting attractions, ventures and attractions that link the rich history of Jerusalem to the future". I would like to invite you to ride your bicycles on a scenic and well-maintained road that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

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

Elkin explained that the Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool for achieving the goal to transform the idea of transport throughout Jerusalem. "The new tunnel will be connected with the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will connect with the various cycle paths already within the city. They will be laid in its diverse areas. The goal is to promote cyclists in the city.

The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the 1990s to move the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant located in Sorek It is situated to the west of the city. It is used today as an infrastructure tunnel that also houses the fifth water line, which connects to Jerusalem of the Mekorot water company. "The Kerem tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the goal of changing the way of transport in Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon

Road construction, installation and testing of electrical and safety systems are some of the ongoing projects to ensure that the tunnel is secure for all seasons.

The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to a variety of places to relax, including Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium and also historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.