Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)The first cycle tunnel in Israel opens in Jerusalem

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Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)The first cycle tunnel in Israel opens in Jerusalem

The Kerem Tunnel is a great place to ride and hike.
As part of the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route that surrounds Jerusalem's capital city, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated.

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

The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was opened on Thursday by Jerusalem and heritage minister Ze'evElkin and Moshe Lion, the Mayor. Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon, chairman of Gihon, and hundreds other cyclists were also present.

The city's rich history was a reason for it to be an extremely popular tourist attraction during the time of its glory. Elkin said that, nowadays along with its historical treasures the tunnel construction project encompasses modern day tourism. "The inauguration of this tunnel project [is] another element of the development of Jerusalem. The tunnel transforms the city into an attractive tourist destination for any kind of crowd throughout Israel and around the world."

Elkin who's ministry responsible for the project, along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry has invested thousands of shekels each year in Jerusalem's tourist development and in the development of new attractions and ventures that will connect the magnificent historic past with the the future of Jerusalem. I would like to invite you to ride your bicycles on a scenic maintained, well-maintained path that looks out over Old Jerusalem.

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

נווה פריצקי Elkin declared that the Kerem Tunnel project was a crucial element in achieving the dream of altering the way of transportation throughout Jerusalem. "The new tunnel that connects to Jerusalem Ring Path will join the existing bike paths as well as those that will paved in its areas. The goal is to promote biking within the city's residents and to promote the green movement in Jerusalem."

The Kerem Tunnel, originally excavated by the Gihon Corporation in the 1990s to relocate its main sewer line towards the Sorek purification plant.

"The Kerem tunnel project is central to realizing the goal of changing Jerusalem's transportation system. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
The works currently underway include road construction, the installation of blowers as well as modern security and electrical systems to make the tunnel safe for pedestrians to travel through throughout the year.

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