Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)Jerusalem The First Cycling Tunnel in Israe

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07 October 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel offers a unique trail and riding experience to the enjoyment of

The Kerem Tunnel is the first cycle tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was opened as a part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route around Jerusalem, the capital city.

נווה פריצקי The tunnel links Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. It has a southern entrance located in Refaim Park. Ein Laban is the nearest. Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.

The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel project was officially inaugurated in a ceremony held on Thursday that was attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze'ev Elkin Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov and hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a sought-after tourist destination due to its historic past. Elkin stated that, in addition to its rich history the modern tourist industry is integrated into the Jerusalem city. "The inauguration of this tunnel is another part in the development Jerusalem. The tunnel makes Jerusalem an attractive tourist place for any kind of crowd throughout Israel and around the world."

Elkin his ministry, which together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, explained that his ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year to develop all aspects of Jerusalem's tourism and in the creation of new activities and ventures that connect the rich history of our eternal capital to its future... I invite cycling enthusiasts to come and enjoy a modern and well-maintained cycling route that takes in the unique scenery of 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.

"The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the vision to transform the idea of transportation throughout Jerusalem," Elkin said. "The new tunnel, which is connected to the lengthy Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing bicycle pathways in the city, as well as those that are paved in its various neighborhoods, in the hope of encouraging cycling among its residents and its visitors, and also promoting the green revolution of transportation in Jerusalem."

The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the early 1990s in order to shift the main sewer line from the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant in Sorek, which is located to the west of the city. It is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel. It also houses the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem of the Mekorot water company.

"The Kerem tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the dream of changing the concept of transportation throughout Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon

The work currently in progress includes road construction, the installation of blowers, as well as advanced security and electrical systems in order to ensure that the tunnel is secure for pedestrians to travel through at all times of the year.

There is also the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique recreation spots, including Ein Kerem, the Biblical Zoo, aquarium, and the Ein Kerem neighborhood.

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