Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)Israel's first cycling tunnel is inaugurated in Jerusalem

The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience.

The Kerem Tunnel, the first bicycle tunnel in Israel is now open as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle path that runs around the capital city.

The tunnel links Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. It is located in southern Israel located in Refaim Park. Ein Laban is the nearest. Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.

The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was inaugurated by Jerusalem's Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin. The ceremony was also attended by Mayor Moshelion Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company chairman, as well as thousands of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a tourist attraction due to its rich history. Elkin stated that, in addition to its historic treasures, modern tourism is also integrated into the Jerusalem city. נווה פריצקי "The launch of the tunnel project is yet another milestone in the advancement of Jerusalem as an attractive tourism destination for all kinds of travelers throughout Israel and around the globe."

Elkin is the project's director. project together with Jerusalem Municipality said that his ministry invests hundreds of millions in Jerusalem's tourism development and in the creation innovative attractions and ventures that link the rich history of Jerusalem to the future. I invite cycling enthusiasts to come and enjoy a modern and well-maintained cycling route that offers a view of the unique landscape of Old Jerusalem."

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

"The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the vision to transform the idea of transportation across Jerusalem," Elkin emphasized. "The tunnel, which is being constructed to connect to Jerusalem Ring Path will join existing bicycle paths and ones that are paved in its neighborhoods. The goal is to promote biking among its residents and promote the green movement in the capital."

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the 90s to move the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel that includes the fifth waterline that runs to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water corporation.

"The Kerem tunnel project is crucial to realize the vision for changing Jerusalem's transportation system. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
Construction of roads, the installation and testing of electrical and safety systems are just a few of the ongoing works to ensure the tunnel is safe for all seasons.

The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to numerous recreation sites, including Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium as well as historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.

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