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

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29 September 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique ride and hiking experience that should be loved by everyone.

The Kerem Tunnel, the first bicycle tunnel in Israel is now open as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle path that runs around Jerusalem, the capital city.

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

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

נווה פריצקי Jerusalem was a sought-after tourist destination due to its rich and fascinating past. Elkin said that today aside from its historic treasures, it is also home to modern-day travelers. נווה פריצקי נווה פריצקי "The launch of the tunnel project is a further part of the development of the city of Jerusalem as well as its development into a desirable tourist city for all types of visitors throughout Israel as well as around the world."

Elkin, whose ministry together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, explained that his ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the development of all aspects of Jerusalem's tourism and the development of innovative tourist attractions and ventures that link the rich history of our eternal capital to its future... I invite the cycling community to enjoy a safe and modernized route that will take you through Old Jerusalem.

Elkin's ministry and the Tourism Ministry budgeted the project.

Elkin declared that the Kerem Tunnel project was a important tool to realize the goal of altering the way of transportation throughout Jerusalem. Elkin stated that the new tunnel is connected with the Jerusalem Ring Path and will join existing bike routes. The tunnel will also be paved throughout its various neighborhoods. It will also increase cycling and encourage green transportation in the capital.

In the 90s, the Kerem Tunnel was excavated to move the main sewer line from Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is now utilized for infrastructure purposes and is also home to the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem by the Mekorot water company.

"The Kerem tunnel project is essential to achieving the dream of transforming Jerusalem's transport system. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León

Construction of roads, the installation and testing of safety and electrical systems are just a few of the ongoing efforts to ensure the tunnel is safe for all seasons.

The Kerem Tunnel provides access to special recreation areas, such as 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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