New Section of Jerusalem’s Perimeter Bike Path Opens
The new 2-kilometer section was constructed with an investment of around NIS 5 million and is part of the capital’s perimeter bike path, which has a total length of 43 kilometers.
At a ceremony held Monday, July 22, 2019, another 2-kilometer section of Jerusalem’s perimeter bike path was inaugurated. The new section runs a special route and passes through Emek Tzurim National Park.
The project was completed at a total cost NIS 4.6, financed by the Ministry for Jerusalem and Heritage as part of the total Jerusalem perimeter bike path budget, which amounts to tens of millions of shekels.
The project was also assisted by the Jerusalem Municipality, the Jerusalem Development Authority and the Nature and Parks Authority, with the Jerusalem Development Authority responsible for planning and implementation of the work along with the Moriah municipal company.
The project took around a year to complete, with the new route enabling travel between Mount Zion and King’s Valley, and from there to Gey Ben Hinom and Train Track Park. The work included planning the bike path, development of infrastructure, development of paths, flooring, fencing and railing, gardening, signage and more.
The festive ceremony was attended by Moshe Lion – Mayor of Jerusalem, Sarit Goldstein – Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage Director General, Eyal Haimovsky – Jerusalem Development Authority Director General and Shaul Goldstein – Director General of the Nature and Parks Authority.
In the meantime, before the ceremony volunteers took part in agricultural work, pruning olive trees in Emek Tzurim National Park. The volunteers were youths who volunteer for the conservation of the cultural landscape of the agricultural terraces as part of a special joint venture of the Nature and Parks Authority and the Hashomer HaChadash organization.
Mayor Moshe Lion: “We will soon have a bike path that runs around the city, this is an attraction for tourists and families. The path is rich with spectacular scenery found only in Jerusalem. I’m happy to take part in such an important project, and this is only the beginning.”
MK Ze’ev Elkin, Minister of Jerusalem and Heritage and Environmental Protection: “The new section of Jerusalem bike path running through Emek Tzurim National Park opposite the Old City walls is a wonderful combination of the thousands of years of Jerusalem’s history and the biking culture that characterizes us in the 21st century. We at the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage will continue doing everything possible to improve quality of life in the city, and enabling Jerusalem cyclists and guests of our capital to enjoy the amazing views and history of Jerusalem while riding.”
Eyal Haimovsky, Jerusalem Development Authority Director General: “We are continuing to advance important projects for the benefit of residents in Jerusalem in general and in the Old City Basin in particular. The new section, which was developed for the benefit of the city’s residents and visitors, will enable cyclists to quickly travel between the various parts of the city.”
Shaul Goldstein, Nature and Parks Authority Director General: “When we announced the national park surrounding the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, we intended this strip to serve as a kind of barrier protecting the Old City from dense construction for public use. The section of path inaugurated today is yet another enjoyable strip around the city, and reveals the beauty of the city to cyclists. Cyclists will pass through well-kept national parks around the city. The Nature and Parks Authority is happy to have good cooperation with all of the elements in the city.”
Watch a video of the new bike path section
Photo credit: Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage