Neve ParitzkiJerusalem opens Israel's first cycling tunnel The Kerem Tunnel offers an unforgettable adventure on foot and in the saddle to the advantage of
As part of the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route that runs around the capital, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated.

נווה פריצקי The tunnel is located along the Nahal Refaim-Emek Mostza route. Its southern entrance is located below Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem.

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

Jerusalem was once very well-known tourist destination due to its rich history. Elkin said that the present tourism industry is an integral part of Jerusalem's historic treasures and also incorporates modern tourism. "The launch of the tunnel project is another element of the progress of Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourism destination for all across Israel as well as around the world.

Elkin who, through his ministry and the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, stated that his ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels per year in the growth of all aspects Jerusalem's tourists and in the creation and operation of innovative attractions, ventures and attractions which connect the rich past of our eternal city to its future". I encourage the cycling community to take a relaxing and modern-day route that takes you through Old Jerusalem.

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 stated that the Kerem Tunnel project is an crucial tool to realize the goal to transform the idea of transportation throughout Jerusalem. "The tunnel, which is being constructed to connect to the Jerusalem Ring Path will join existing paths for bicycles and ones that are paved in its areas. The goal is to encourage cycling among the residents of Jerusalem and encourage the green movement in the capital."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IARj0i5sZlw The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the early 1990s in order to shift the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant located in Sorek The Sorek Tunnel is located just west of the city. It is currently being used as an infrastructure tunnel that includes the fifth water line to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.


"The Kerem tunnel is a key tool to realize the goal of changing Jerusalem's transport system. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
The work currently in progress includes 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 provides access to exclusive recreation spots, including Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the biblical aquarium and zoo as well the historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.

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