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

The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique adventure in hiking and riding that is to be enjoyed by all.
As part of the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route that runs around the capital, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated.

The tunnel is a link between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The southern entrance is located in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban, and the northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem, about one kilometer away from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially opened by Jerusalem's Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin. It was also attended by Mayor Moshelion Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company Chairman, as well as hundreds of cyclists.

נווה פריצקי Jerusalem was once a popular tourist attraction because of its rich past. Elkin added that in addition to its historical treasures and modern amenities, tourism has also been included in the Jerusalem city. "The launch of the tunnel project is another step in the development of Jerusalem as a tourist destination for all types of people throughout Israel as well as around the world."

Elkin who's ministry in charge of the project with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry invested thousands of shekels each year in the city's tourism development and in the development of new activities and ventures that connect the stunning historic past with the the future of Jerusalem. I invite the cycling community to take a relaxing and modern route that takes the cyclist through Old Jerusalem.

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

Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project was a crucial element in achieving the dream of changing the concept for transport throughout Jerusalem. "The new tunnel, which is connected to the long Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing bicycle routes in the city as well as the ones that will be laid in the various neighborhoods with the aim of encouraging cycling among the city's residents as well as its visitors and in promoting the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem."

The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the late 1990s to relocate the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant located in Sorek It is situated just west of the city. It is used today as an infrastructure tunnel. It also includes the fifth water line, which connects to Jerusalem of the Mekorot water company.

"The Kerem Tunnel Project is crucial in achieving the vision of changing the transportation concept all over Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
The current work includes road construction, installation blowers as well as advanced safety equipment to ensure the tunnel is secure for all to use all year.

Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel allows for access to exclusive recreation areas such as Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which has a Biblical aquarium and zoo and also the historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.

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