New Single Tracks for Cyclists-1.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Before the inauguration ceremony took place all the cyclists set out for a ride along the Yehiam Single Track. Among them was KKL-JNF Director General Meir Spiegler, who declared when he reached the end of the trail: “The route’s challenging and it combines sport with a love and knowledge of the countryside. A far as KKL-JNF is concerned this is another way to attract the general public out into the forests and natural surroundings and imbue them with a sense of the importance of a sustainable green environment.”
The inauguration ceremony took place in the Convoy Recreation Area (Henyon HaShayara), which is the starting and finishing point for the new routes. The site tells the story of the Yehiam Convoy, which was on its way to deliver supplies to the beleaguered members of Kibbutz Yehiam in March 1948 when it was attacked by marauding Arabs; forty-seven members of the convoy were killed.
Israel’s Minister of Tourism, MK Uzi Landau, who participated in the ceremony, told those present: “Tourism is vital to the growth of Israel’s peripheral areas and it boosts employment. But beyond its economic aspects, tourism is based first and foremost upon values such as patriotism, connecting with our heritage and providing a link between different communities.”
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