The Jerusalem Municipality and the Ministry of Transport will soon get work underway on the master plan for bicycle paths in the capital. The plan, which is being pushed forward with Transport Ministry financing and through the Jerusalem transportation master plan, will be allotted NIS 150 million over the next five years for the paving of tens of kilometers of bicycle paths throughout the city. The additional kilometers will triple the network of existing bicycle paths from 43 kilometers today to 123 kilometers in 2023.
The new program will create a network of bike paths in Jerusalem that connects to existing bike paths, including the central path at HaMesila Park (Train Track Park) and the Station to Station path currently being paved, which connects the Malha Railway Station to the Central Station on Jaffa Street via Herzog Street and Sacher Park.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said that "the days when people said Jerusalem is a city with too many hills and isn't suitable for bicycles are over. The invention of electric bicycles, along with the many advantages of bicycles as a quick, healthy, inexpensive and environmentally friendly means of transportation, has created a reality that requires us to adapt the city's infrastructure to the many riders and allow them to ride in safety. I too occasionally come to my office on a bike, and I enjoy the many benefits. The plan to cover Jerusalem with bike paths will enable safer and more enjoyable riding. I thank Minister of Transport, Yisrael Katz, and his office, for the partnership and the budgetary appropriation for the advancement of the program for the welfare of the city's residents and visitors."
123 Kilometers in Five Years
In the first phase, by the end of 2019, 13 kilometers of bike paths will be paved in the neighborhoods of Kiryat Yovel, Ramat Sharet, Rehavia, the German Colony, the Eastern Ring Road from the Khan to the Mount Scopus campus and more (streets: Agnon-Tchernichovsky, Dubnov-Kaddish, Begin-Gazelle Valley, Kadish Luz-Torah ve'Avoda, Ruppin, Eastern Ring).
In the second phase, by the end of 2020, 37 kilometers of bike paths will be paved in the neighborhoods of Kiryat Menachem, Kiryat Yovel, the western ring bike path around Ein Karem, Kiryat Haleom, Ramat Shlomo, Bayit Vegan, Givat Mordechai and more (streets: Burla, Kolitz, King David, connection to Pisgat Zeev, Moshe Sharett, connection to Gilo, Ein Karem, Pat Junction, Stern Park, Jaffa Gate, Sacher Park, connection between entrance to the city and the Ring, Shefa Chaim, Ramat Shlomo, Western Ring).
In the third phase, by the end of 2021, 18 kilometers of bike paths will be paved in the neighborhoods of Gilo, Malha, Givat Shaul, Beit Safafa (streets: Moshe Baram, Moda'i, Shmuel Ben Adiya, Golomb, Palmach (partial), Gilo, Kanfei Nesharim, Asher Viner, Bait).
In the fourth phase, by the end of 2023, 12 kilometers of bike paths will be paved in the neighborhoods of Ramot, Hebron Road, Har Hotzvim and more.
Simultaneous to the path revolution, the Jerusalem Municipality, through the Eden company, is developing a bike rental network that will soon be operating in the capital, in the city center and in the museums and government complex area. In its first phase, the network will include 500 bicycles that will be distributed through 50 docking stations. The Jerusalem rental network will be innovative, technological, and will operate via an application, with no payment equipment on the street. The docking stations are green and solar-operated, and are not connected to electricity. In addition, a franchisee has already been selected to operate the network.
The new plan is moving forward thanks to the staff work of the Transportation and Infrastructure Division of the Jerusalem Municipality along with the Ministry of Transport and the Jerusalem transportation master plan. The goal is to strengthen and improve the city's bike path network so that it provides a solution to the city's riders, keep them safe and offers a sporting and tourist attraction in the capital.