New Bike Single.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
On Friday, December 5th, a new bicycle single 13 km long was dedicated in Lahav Forest in the Negev.
"This really is a great celebration. A project like this can be realized only when you work efficiently together with partners. When you're here, there's no need to talk, you can see what's been accomplished. With KKL-JNF, it's possible to make dreams come true!" Sigal Moran, head of the Bnei Shimon Regional Council, was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the new 13 km single in Lahav Forest on Friday, December 5. And a celebration it was. Thanks to Rinat Kedoshi, KKL-JNF Southern Region Public Relations Coordinator who organized the event, cyclists who rode the new trail early in the morning were ushered into a marquee complete with mats, pillows, low chairs and tables, along with refreshments that put a smile on every face.
The 13.4 km trail, which begins by the Joe Alon Museum of Bedouin Culture, is for intermediate-level cyclists. It was blazed by KKL-JNF with the cooperation of the Bnei Shimon Regional Council and the Israel Government Tourist Corporation. The last section of the trail was made possible through JNF USA, thanks to a contribution from the Jewish community of Milwaukee. The trail passes through Hirbet Ziklag, Hirbet Abu Hof and the local fire watchtower, and ends at the Discharged Soldiers Recreation Area.
Shlomo Ben Ami is a member of a cycling group based in Beersheva. "We left at 8 in the morning. It takes about an hour to do the whole trail if you ride slowly so as not to miss the beautiful scenery, especially this time of year, when everything is so green. The new trail has a natural flow to it and is shaded by the trees of the forest, which means that it will be possible to ride it even in the summer."
Lahav Forest is located south of the Lower Judean Plain in the direction of Beersheba and covers an area of more than 30,000 dunams. KKL JNF started planting this forest in 1952 and expanded it in the 1960s. The forest includes the Joe Alon Center for Regional Studies, underground tunnels, desert wildflowers, active recreation areas, archeological ruins with remains from Jewish and Christian villages, bicycle paths, hiking trails and more. There are also overnight camping sites, including sites that are suitable for people with special needs.
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