Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)The first cycle tunnel in Israel is inaugurated in Jerusalem

The Kerem Tunnel allows for a the most unique riding and hiking experience.
The Kerem Tunnel, the first bicycle tunnel in Israel, has been inaugurated as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route that surrounds Jerusalem, Israel's capital city.

The tunnel links Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban while the northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem, about one kilometer away close to the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially opened by Jerusalem's Heritage Minister ZeevElkin. The ceremony was also attended by Mayor Moshelion Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company chairman, and hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a major tourist attraction due to its rich history. Elkin said that, nowadays along with its rich history the tunnel project encompasses modern day tourism. "The opening of this tunnel project is a different aspect of the growth of Jerusalem. The tunnel transforms the city into an attractive tourist destination for any kind of crowd in Israel, and worldwide."

Elkin who's ministry spearheaded the project along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry has invested thousands of shekels annually in the development of Jerusalem's tourism and in the development of new activities and ventures that connect the stunning historical past with the exciting the future of Jerusalem. I invite cycling enthusiasts to join us and take a ride along an up-to-date and well-maintained cycling route that overlooks the special nature of Old Jerusalem."

About NIS 25 million were put into in the project, budgeted by the Elkin's Ministry, the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, as well as the work done by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

"The Kerem Tunnel project is the central instrument for achieving the vision to change the concept of transportation across Jerusalem," Elkin said. Elkin stated that the new tunnel will connect to the Jerusalem Ring Path and will join existing bike routes. The tunnel will also be paved in its different neighborhoods. It will also encourage cycling and promote green transport in Jerusalem.

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

"The Kerem Tunnel Project is an important tool in realizing the dream of transforming the concept of transportation across Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
The current works include road construction, the installation of blowers, as well as advanced security and electrical systems in order to ensure that the tunnel is secure for the public to pass through at all times of the year.

Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel provides access to exclusive recreation spots, including Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the Biblical aquarium and zoo as also the historical natural springs Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban Ein Laban, and Ein Haniyeh.

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