Neve ParitzkiJerusalem: Israel's First Cycling Tunnel opens
In the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route, which surrounds the capital city, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated.
The tunnel runs along the Nahal Refaim-Emek Motza route. https://www.bhol.co.il/news/1439018 Its southern entrance is in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban while the northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem, about one kilometer away close to the Kerem junction.
The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was opened on Thursday by Jerusalem and the heritage minister Ze'ev Elkin as well as Mayor Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon Chairman of Gihon as well as a multitude of cyclists were also present.
"In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive tourist city due to its glorious past. In the present, in addition to its historic treasures the city also offers modern tourism," Elkin said. "The opening of this tunnel project is yet another milestone in the advancement of Jerusalem as an attractive tourism destination for all kinds of tourists throughout Israel and around the globe."
נווה פריצקי Elkin, whose ministry was spearheaded the project along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry had invested hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the development of Jerusalem's tourism and also in the creation of new activities and ventures which will link the amazing historical past and future of Jerusalem. I invite you to ride your bicycles on a scenic and well-maintained road that overlooks Old Jerusalem.
The project was financed by the Elkin's department and the Tourism Ministry. It also included the budgets for the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.
Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project was a key tool in realizing the dream of shifting the idea of transportation throughout Jerusalem. נווה פריצקי "The tunnel, which connects with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing cycle paths in the city as well as the ones that will be paved within its diverse neighborhood. It's designed to encourage bicycle riding within the city's residents and also to encourage a green transportation revolution in Jerusalem."
The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in 1990 to move the main sewers of Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. This plant is located west of Sorek and is still used as an infrastructure tunnel.
"The Kerem Tunnel project is a central tool to realize the goal of transforming Jerusalem's transport model. "
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
Present projects include road construction, installation blowers, and advanced safety equipment to ensure the tunnel is secure to use all year.
The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to many places to relax, including Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium, as well as historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IARj0i5sZlw