Neve ParitzkiJerusalem The First Cycling Tunnel in Israel Tunnel opens

The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience.
The Kerem Tunnel is the first bicycle tunnel in Israel and was opened as part the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle path that runs around the capital.

The tunnel links the paths between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. It has a southern entrance located in Refaim Park. נווה פריצקי Ein Laban is the nearest. Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.

The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel project was inaugurated during a celebration on Thursday , attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze'ev Elkin Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov as well as hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a major tourist attraction because of its rich past. Elkin stated that, in addition to its rich history and modern amenities, tourism has also been incorporated into Jerusalem's city. "The inauguration[of] the tunnel is an additional aspect of the development Jerusalem and its transformation to an attractive tourist destination for everyone across Israel and the world.

נווה פריצקי Elkin's ministry, which was responsible for the project along with Jerusalem Municipality, stated that his ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels annually throughout Jerusalem's tourism, and also in the creation of exciting attractions and ventures which connect the glorious historic past of our eternal capital and the future." I invite cyclists to enjoy the modern, well-maintained cycle route, which overlooks the stunning nature of Old Jerusalem. A total of NIS 25 million was put into in the project, budgeted by the Elkin's Ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, and the work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stated that the Kerem Tunnel project was a crucial element in achieving the dream of altering the way of transportation throughout Jerusalem. Elkin explained that the proposed tunnel is connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path and will join existing bike paths. It will also be paved throughout the various areas. The tunnel will be a great way to encourage cycling and promote green transport in Jerusalem.

The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in the year 1990 to relocate the main sewers of Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. This plant is west of Sorek and is used today as an infrastructure tunnel.

נווה פריצקי "The Kerem Tunnel project is the central instrument to achieve the vision of transforming Jerusalem's transport model. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
Road construction, installation , and testing of safety and electrical systems are some of the ongoing works to ensure that the tunnel is secure throughout the year.

You can also access the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique recreation spots, including Ein Kerem, the Biblical zoo, aquarium and the Ein Kerem neighborhood.