Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) and the Bnei Barak
municipality dedicated on Thursday a new 3-kilometer cycling path that connects
the Yarkon River to the city. Construction work on the trail has occurred for
the past two years, and includes seating, lighting and shading along the way,
according to KKL-JNF. The new NIS 5.5 million path is designed to provide
residents with a trail to ride on at home, rather than forcing them to resort to
busy parks in other cities that are often "unsuitable to the residents in many
ways," the organization said. Both the municipality and KKL-JNF participated in
financing the project.
"The path that was dedicated is not just for
treks, but it is also an alternative transportation route," said KKL-JNF
Chairman Efi Stenzler, who emphasized his organization's ongoing participation
in developing Israel's cycling paths. "The popularity of bike trips have been
gaining momentum in recent years, including in the religious community," a
statement from KKL-JNF added.