Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)Jerusalem's first cycling tunnel is opened in Israel
The Kerem Tunnel, Israel's newest cycle tunnel, is opened as part a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles the capital.
The tunnel is located along the Nahal Refaim-Emek Motza route. נווה פריצקי Its southern entrance is located beneath Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem.
The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel was officially opened during a celebration on Thursday , attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze'evElkin, Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov as well as hundreds of cyclists.
Jerusalem was once a well-known tourist destination due to its rich history. Elkin said that, the present as well as its rich history, the tunnel project also encompasses modern day tourism. "The inauguration (of the tunnel) is an additional part of the growth of Jerusalem, and it's transformation into a sought-after city to visit for all kinds of audiences throughout Israel and around the globe."
Elkin who's ministry in charge of the project with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry invested thousands of shekels each year in the city's tourism development and in the development of new attractions and ventures which will link the amazing historic past with the future of Jerusalem. I encourage all cyclists to take a trip and enjoy the modern, well-maintained route that takes in the view of Old Jerusalem.
Elkin's Ministry Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25,000,000 for the project. The project was executed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.
Elkin explained that the Kerem Tunnel project is an crucial tool to realize the goal to alter the concept and transportation throughout Jerusalem. "The new tunnel, which is connected to the lengthy Jerusalem Ring Path, will join existing bike routes in the city as well as those that will be paved in its various neighborhoods, with the aim of encouraging cycling among the city's residents as well as its visitors as well as in promoting the green transportation revolution in Jerusalem."
The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the late 1990s to relocate the main sewer line from the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant located in Sorek, which is located west of the city and is currently being used as an infrastructure tunnel. It also houses the fifth water line, which connects to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.
"The Kerem tunnel is a key tool to realize the dream of transforming Jerusalem's transport system. "
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
In order to make the tunnel accessible to the general public throughout the year The works comprise road construction, as well as installing blowers.
The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreational areas, for instance Ein Kerem, a neighborhood that includes a biblical zoo and aquarium as well as historical natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.