New Hadid Single Dedicated in Ben Shemen Forest.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
On Friday, July 3, the new 12km Hadid single was dedicated in the presence of veteran bikers and members of the CanVelo Bicycling Club, which includes both seeing and visually impaired cyclists.
"The poet Erez Biton wrote that 'there is a galloping horse in the heart of everyone blind', and for us, bicycling sets that horse free," Ronit Mualem said, on behalf of the CanVelo cycling club at the dedication of the new Hadid single in Ben Shemen Forest
, after spending the morning cycling the new trail. "I want to thank KKL-JNF for enabling us to have such an enjoyable outing. For us, it's a multi-sensory social experience that minimizes the effects of our lack of ability to see," Ronit concluded.
The new Hadid single is a circular trail of medium difficulty that begins at the Mitzpe Modi'in observation point in the northern part of Ben Shemen Forest. The trail traverses archaeological sites, agricultural fields and forests maintained by KKL-JNF for the benefit of the general public. Work began in 2014 with the help of volunteers, including schoolchildren, students and local residents.
KKL-JNF Director General Meir Spiegler noted that tens of thousands of bicyclers ride in Ben Shemen Forest every weekend of the year. "KKL-JNF is committed to investing in this region," he said, "and will continue to do so in the future. Our sites are open to the entire public all year long, free of charge. It is our privilege to enable Israel's citizens to enjoy nature."
Ben Shemen Forest is the second largest forest in Israel, covering an area of over 3,000 hectares, including Modi'in Forest. Its proximity to Israel's central region and easily accessible terrain have made it into one of Israel's main recreation sites, attracting bicyclers, hikers and families on picnics. With the completion of the Hadid single, there are now 65 km of cycling trails in the forest. As Avi of Rishon Letziyon, who has been riding in Ben Shemen Forest for the last twelve years, said: "There used to be two separate singles here, and now they are connected, and that's great for cycling."
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