Neve ParitzkiJerusalem is the home of Israel's first bicycle tunnel

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15 September 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique adventure in hiking and riding which is enjoyed by everyone.

The Kerem Tunnel, the first cycle tunnel in Israel, has been inaugurated in the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle path that runs around Jerusalem, the capital city.

The tunnel links Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is in Refaim Park under Ein Laban. The northern entrance, Nahal Ein Kerem, is just half a kilometer away from the Nahal Ein Kerem junction.

The tunnel's official opening ceremony, which is 2.1 kilometers long was held in Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin, Mayor Moshelion and Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman) along with hundreds of cyclists.

נווה פריצקי Jerusalem was once a popular tourist attraction because of its rich past. Elkin declared that, in the present aside from its historical treasures it is also home to modern-day travelers. "The inauguration[of] the tunnel project is another element of the progress of Jerusalem and its transformation to an attractive tourist destination for everyone throughout Israel and the world.

Elkin's ministry, which responsible for the project along in conjunction with Jerusalem Municipality, declared that his ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels annually throughout Jerusalem's tourism industry and is involved in developing innovative attractions and ventures, that connect the magnificent historical time of our capital city and the future." I encourage you to take your bicycles along a stunning and well-maintained road that overlooks Old Jerusalem. The project was financed by the Elkin's Ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry. It also included budgets for Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The work was completed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

"The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the idea to change the concept of transportation across Jerusalem," Elkin said. "The tunnel, which is connected to the lengthy Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing bike routes in the city as well as those that will be paved throughout the city's neighborhoods in the hope of encouraging cycling among its residents and its visitors as well as encouraging the green transportation revolution in Jerusalem."

The Kerem Tunnel, originally excavated by the Gihon Corporation in the 1990s in order to transfer the main sewer line toward Sorek's purification plant.

נווה פריצקי "The Kerem Tunnel Project is an important tool in realizing the vision to change the way transportation is thought of all over Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León

To make the tunnel accessible to the public all year round the work includes road construction, as well as installing blowers.

Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel provides access to unique recreation locations, including Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the biblical aquarium and zoo , as well the historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.

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