Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)Jerusalem is the home of Israel's first bicycle tunnel

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Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)Jerusalem is the home of Israel's first bicycle tunnel

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

The tunnel links Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. Its southern entry is located in Refaim Park under Ein Laban. The northern entry, Nahal Ein Kerem, is approximately half a mile away from the Kerem junction.

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

The city's rich history was a reason that it was an extremely popular tourist destination in the past. Elkin said that, nowadays, in addition to its historical treasures, the tunnel project also includes modern tourism. "The opening (of the tunnel) is a further step in the development of Jerusalem, and it's transformation into a sought-after tourist city for all sorts of visitors across Israel as well as around the world."

Elkin's ministry, which was also headed the project with Jerusalem Municipality, said that the ministry "invests hundreds and millions of shekels each year in all aspects of Jerusalem's tourism, and also in the creation of new ventures and attractions which connect the glorious historic past of our eternal capital with its future." I encourage the cycling community to ride a secure and modern-day route that takes you through Old Jerusalem.

Elkin's ministry and the Tourism Ministry budgeted the project.

Elkin said, "The Kerem Tunnel project will be the central tool for achieving our dream to change the concept transportation throughout Jerusalem." Elkin explained that the proposed tunnel is connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path and will join existing bike routes. The tunnel will also be paved throughout its different areas. It will also increase cycling and encourage green transport in Jerusalem.

The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the 1990s to move the main sewer line from the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant located in Sorek, which is located just west of the city. It is currently being used as an infrastructure tunnel that also houses the fifth water line, which connects to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company. "The Kerem tunnel project is essential to achieving the dream of transforming Jerusalem's transportation system. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
To make the tunnel accessible to the public year-round, the works include road construction, as well as installing blowers.

You can also access the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique recreation areas, such as Ein Kerem, the Biblical Zoo, aquarium, and the Ein Kerem neighborhood.