Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)The first tunnel for cycling in Israel is inaugurated in Jerusalem

The Kerem Tunnel offers an unforgettable riding and hiking experience to the benefit of
As part of the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route, which surrounds the capital, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated.

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

The tunnel's official opening ceremony, which is 2.1 kilometers long, was held in Jerusalem and the Heritage Minister Ze'ev Elkin, Mayor Moshelion and Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman of the company) along with hundreds of cyclists.

"In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive tourist destination because of its rich history. Elkin explained that the modern tourist industry is a part of Jerusalem's treasures from the past and is also a part of modern-day tourism. "The inauguration of [this] tunnel is another aspect of the development of Jerusalem as a city. Jerusalem and its transformation into a dazzling tourist city for all types of people throughout Israel and around the world."

Elkin, whose ministry together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, explained that his ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the development of Jerusalem's tourism in all its aspects and the development of exciting attractions and ventures that connect the rich history of our eternal capital to the future of Jerusalem... I would like to invite cyclists to ride along a a well-maintained, modern cycle route, which overlooks the stunning nature of Old Jerusalem.

Elkin's Ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry budgeted the project.

Elkin stressed, "The Kerem Tunnel project will be the central tool in achieving our goal to change the notion of transportation in Jerusalem." "The new tunnel will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will connect with the various cycle paths already within the city. These will be paved in its numerous areas. The aim is to encourage cycling among the residents of Jerusalem.

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

"The Kerem Tunnel Project is crucial in achieving the vision to change the way transportation is thought of all over Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
To make the tunnel usable to the general public throughout the year the work includes road construction as well as the installing blowers.

The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to many places to relax, including Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium and also historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.

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