Neve ParitzkiJerusalem Israels First Cycling Tunnel opens

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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique ride and hiking experience which is loved by everyone.

As part of the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route that surrounds Jerusalem's capital, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated.

https://www.news1.co.il/ShowArticles.aspx?docId=458935&subjectId=42&ShowAll=True The tunnel links Nahal Refaim with 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 from the Kerem junction.

נווה פריצקי The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was opened on Thursday by Jerusalem and the heritage minister Ze'ev Elkin and Mayor Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon Chairman of Gihon and a plethora of other cyclists were also present.

Jerusalem was once a very sought-after tourist destination due to its rich history. https://www.haaretz.co.il/labels/2022-09-12/ty-article-labels/00000183-31c4-dc67-addb-79d7ffad0000 Elkin said that apart from its historic treasures and modern amenities, tourism has also been incorporated into the Jerusalem city. "The launch of the tunnel project is another aspect of the development Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourist destination for all types in Israel and the world.



נווה פריצקי Elkin his ministry, which responsible for the project, along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry has invested hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the development of Jerusalem's tourism and also in the creation of new ventures and attractions that connect the stunning historical past and the future of Jerusalem. I encourage you to take your bicycles along a beautiful maintained, well-maintained path that looks out over Old Jerusalem.

Elkin's Ministry, the Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation all contributed to the project. The Jerusalem Development Authority completed the work.

Elkin declared that the Kerem Tunnel project was a important tool to realize the dream of changing the concept for transportation throughout Jerusalem. Elkin said that the new tunnel is connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path and will join existing bike paths. The tunnel will also be paved in its various areas. This will increase cycling and encourage green transport in Jerusalem.

The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in 1990 to move the main sewer from Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. This plant is west of Sorek and is used today as an infrastructure tunnel.

"The Kerem tunnel project is the central instrument for achieving the dream of changing the notion of transportation in Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon

To make the tunnel usable to the public year-round The works comprise road construction and installing blowers.

It is also possible to use the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique recreation areas, such as Ein Kerem, the Biblical aquarium, zoo and Ein Kerem neighborhood.