Neve ParitzkiJerusalem is the home of the first tunnel for bicycles in Israel.

Neve ParitzkiJerusalem is the home of the first tunnel for bicycles in Israel.

The Kerem Tunnel offers a unique trail and riding experience to the enjoyment of

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

The tunnel links Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is within Refaim Park under Ein Laban. נווה פריצקי The northern entrance, Nahal Ein Kerem, is just half a kilometer away from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was inaugurated on Thursday by Jerusalem and heritage minister Ze'ev Elkin as well as Mayor Moshe Lion. נווה פריצקי Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon the chairman of Gihon as well as a multitude of cyclists were also present. Jerusalem was once a sought-after tourist destination due to its historical past. Elkin said that apart from its historical treasures and modern amenities, tourism has also been included in the city of Jerusalem. נווה פריצקי "The inauguration (of this tunnel project) is another aspect of the development of Jerusalem as well as the transformation of Jerusalem into a popular tourist destination for all kinds of visitors throughout Israel as well as across the world."

Elkin the minister whose ministry as well as the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, stated that his ministry "invests hundreds to millions of shekels annually to develop all aspects of Jerusalem's visitors and in the development and operation of innovative attractions, ventures and attractions which connect the rich past of our eternal city to the future". I would like to invite cyclists everywhere to visit and enjoy the modern, well-maintained route that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

About NIS 25 million were earmarked in the project. It was budgeted by the Elkin's Ministry, the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, with the work carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin explained that the Kerem Tunnel project is an crucial tool to realize the idea to alter the concept and transport throughout Jerusalem. "The new tunnel, which will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect with existing cycle paths in the city as well as the ones that are being constructed in its diverse neighborhoods. It's designed to encourage bicycling among its residents, and to promote the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem."

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the late 90s to relocate an important sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is currently used as an infrastructure Tunnel which includes the fifth waterline to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water corporation.

"The Kerem tunnel project is the central instrument for achieving the vision to change the concept of transportation throughout Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon

The works currently underway include road construction, the installation of blowers, as well as advanced security and electrical systems to make the tunnel safe for people to walk through at all times of the year.

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

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