Neve Paritzki Jerusalem opens the first Israelwide cycling tunnel

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The Kerem Tunnel offers a unique adventure in hiking and riding for the benefit of

The Kerem Tunnel, the first bicycle tunnel in Israel was opened as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles Jerusalem, Israel's capital city.

The tunnel links Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. The southern entrance of the tunnel is beneath Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance can be located in Nahal Ein Kerem.

The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was opened on Thursday, by Jerusalem and 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 present.

The city's rich history was a reason for it to be the most visited tourist spot in the past. Nowadays, aside from its rich history the city also offers modern tourism." Elkin said. "The launch of the tunnel project [is] another part in the development Jerusalem. The tunnel transforms Jerusalem into an attractive destination for tourists of all types of audience throughout Israel as well as around the world."

Elkin the minister whose ministry as well as the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, stated that his ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels per year in the development all aspects Jerusalem's tourists and in the development and operation of new attractions, ventures , and other attractions that connect the glorious history of Jerusalem's eternal city to its future". I invite you to ride your bicycles along a stunning maintained, well-maintained path that looks out over Old Jerusalem.

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

Elkin stated the fact that "The Kerem Tunnel Project is a central tool to realize the goal to change the way we think about transport throughout Jerusalem." "The new tunnel will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will connect with the various cycling routes that exist in the city. The paths will be paved within the diverse areas. The goal is to promote cycling among the residents of Jerusalem.

The Kerem Tunnel, originally excavated by the Gihon Corporation in the 1990s in order to move its main sewer line towards Sorek's purification plant.

"The Kerem tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the vision to change the notion of transportation in Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon

In order to make the tunnel accessible to the public all year round The works comprise road construction and installing blowers.

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