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

The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience.
The Kerem Tunnel is the first bike tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was opened as part 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 located in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban, and the northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem, about half a kilometer close to the Kerem junction.

Inauguration of the tunnel that is 2.1 kilometers long was held in Jerusalem and the Heritage Minister Ze'ev Elkin Mayor Moshelion, Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman) as well as a plethora of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a very popular tourist destination because of its historical past. Elkin stated that the present, in addition to its rich history the tunnel construction project encompasses modern day tourism. "The launch of the tunnel project is a different aspect of the growth of Jerusalem. The tunnel makes Jerusalem an attractive destination for tourists of any kind of crowd throughout Israel, and worldwide."

Elkin his ministry, which together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, said the ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the improvement of all aspects of Jerusalem's tourism and in the creation of new tourist attractions and ventures that link the fascinating history of our eternal capital to the future of Jerusalem... I encourage the cycling community to enjoy a safe and modern route that takes the cyclist through Old Jerusalem.

A total of NIS 25 million were earmarked in the project, budgeted by Elkin's ministry The Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, and the work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

"The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the goal to change the concept of transportation in Jerusalem," Elkin emphasized. "The new tunnel will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path. נווה פריצקי It will link to the numerous cycling routes that exist within the city. The paths will be paved within the various neighborhoods. The goal is to promote cycling among residents of Jerusalem.

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the 1990s to create a main sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is currently utilized as an infrastructure tunnel that includes the fifth waterline to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water corporation.

"The Kerem Tunnel project is a central tool to realize the dream of transforming Jerusalem's transport model. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
Construction of roads and installation, as well as blowers, sophisticated safety systems and electrical wiring are all part and parcel of the current works. The tunnel is safe for the people to use all season.

You can also access the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique recreation spots, including Ein Kerem, the Biblical Zoo, aquarium, and the Ein Kerem neighborhood.

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