Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)Jerusalem is the home of the first tunnel for bicycles in Israel.

The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique adventure in hiking and riding that should be loved by everyone.
The Kerem Tunnel, the first bicycle tunnel in Israel is now open as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route that surrounds Jerusalem, the capital city.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. The tunnel's southern entrance is beneath Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance can be located in Nahal Ein Kerem.

On Thursday, Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin and Mayor Moshelion, Avi Baleshnikov, Gihon chairman, and hundreds of cyclists attended a ceremony to officially open the tunnel's 2.1-kilometer-long length.

Jerusalem's rich past was the main reason that it was a popular tourist spot during the time of its glory. Today, apart from its historical treasures the city also offers modern-day tourism," Elkin said. "The inauguration (of this tunnel project) is an additional part of the development of Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourist destination for all kinds of visitors across Israel as well as around the globe."

Elkin's ministry, which also headed the project with Jerusalem Municipality, said that the ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year throughout Jerusalem's tourism industry and is involved in developing innovative attractions and ventures, which connect the glorious historic history of our capital city and the future." I invite the cycling community to enjoy a safe and modernized route that will take you through Old Jerusalem.

נווה פריצקי Elkin's Ministry, Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25,000,000 to the project. The work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stressed, "The Kerem Tunnel project will be a central instrument in achieving our goal to change the notion of transportation in Jerusalem." "The tunnel, which connects with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing cycle paths within the city, and will be paved within its various neighborhoods. The tunnel is intended to encourage cycling within the city's residents and promote the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem."

The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in 1990 in order to transfer the main sewers of Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. This plant is located west of Sorek and is currently used 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 León
The works currently underway include road construction, the installation of blowers, as well as advanced safety and electrical systems in order to ensure that the tunnel is secure for pedestrians to travel through at all times of the year.

The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreation areas, like Ein Kerem, a neighborhood that includes a biblical aquarium and zoo and historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.

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