Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)Jerusalem is home to the first tunnel for bicycles in Israel.

The Kerem Tunnel offers an unforgettable adventure on foot and in the saddle to the benefit of
As part of the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route that runs around the capital, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is in Refaim Park under Ein Laban. The northern entry, Nahal Ein Kerem, is approximately half a mile away from the Nahal Ein Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was inaugurated on Thursday, by Jerusalem and the heritage minister Ze'ev Elkin as well as Mayor Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon Chairman of Gihon as well as a multitude of cyclists were also in attendance.

Jerusalem was a popular tourist destination due to its rich and fascinating past. Elkin explained that the modern tourism industry is an integral part of Jerusalem's treasures from the past and incorporates modern day tourism. "The inauguration (of this tunnel project) is an additional part of the expansion of Jerusalem and the transformation of Jerusalem into a popular city to visit for all kinds of people throughout Israel as well as around the world."

Elkin his ministry, which responsible for the project, along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry has invested thousands of shekels each year in Jerusalem's tourist development as well as in creating new ventures and attractions that will connect the magnificent historical past with the exciting future of Jerusalem. I invite you to ride your bicycles on a scenic maintained, well-maintained path that looks out over Old Jerusalem.

The project was financed by the Elkin's Ministry and the Tourism Ministry. It also included budgets for Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The work was done by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stated the fact that "The Kerem Tunnel Project is an essential tool for achieving the goal to change the way we think about transportation throughout Jerusalem." "The new tunnel, which will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing cycle paths within the city, and are being constructed in its diverse neighborhood. The tunnel is intended to encourage cycling among its residents, and also to encourage a green transportation revolution in Jerusalem."

In the 1990s In the 90s, the Kerem Tunnel was excavated to transfer the main sewer line from Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is now utilized as an infrastructure tunnel. It houses the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem by the Mekorot water company.

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

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
The work currently in progress includes road construction, installation of blowers as well as modern electrical and safety systems, in order to ensure that the tunnel is secure for people to walk through all year round.

You can also access the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique recreation areas, such as Ein Kerem, the Biblical zoo, aquarium and the Ein Kerem neighborhood.

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