Cycling-Jerusalem is a hard city to bike in, with steep hills, insane traffic, and drivers who traditionally ignore cyclists (or worse). That being said, if you just gotta pedal push, bikes can be rented at Rochim Bikes, 88 Agrippas St. at the corner of Mani Street (tel. 02/623-2598). Day rates start at NIS 40. The staff can offer advice, warnings, and news of local biking activities. The Jerusalem Bicycling Club (tel. 052/253-1667) organizes mountain bike tours, usually starting very early on Saturday mornings. Call ahead for details and biking and rental advice. The Nitzan Bicycle Shop, 137 Jaffa Rd. (tel. 02/625-2741) rents bikes and sometimes organizes bicycle tours starting from the shop at 9pm on Tuesday nights.
Jogging-Jerusalem, with its many hills, is not the easiest place for unplanned jogging. The Tayelet (Promenade) in southern Jerusalem overlooking the entire city offers traffic-free pathways and a dramatic site (bus no. 8). The roads and pathways in the Bloomfield Gardens, just above Yemin Moshe, are also good options. Jogging in these places at night is not advised.
Swimming-In summer, reserving a hotel with a pool can be a good investment. However, there are public pools across the city (note: They get packed on especially scorching days). One of the most reasonably priced, if you’re going for more than a quick dip, is the vast country club pool at Kibbutz Ramat Rachel (tel. 02/670-2555) located at the southern end of Jerusalem’s comparatively infrequent Number 7 Bus line. Adults NIS 70; children up to 10 are NIS 50. It’s open from 6am to 9pm in summer only. If you decide to go by taxi, or have limited time, an in-town pool at a hotel would be a better choice.
The more expensive option is to pay the visitors’ rate to use a pool at one of the city’s hotels. In central Jerusalem, the Inbal Hotel (tel. 02/675-6666) has a covered pool open year-round. The David Citadel Hotel (tel. 02/621-1111) has a large, heated outdoor pool open year-round, with direct water access from indoors. Admission policies range up to NIS 190 Adults; NIS 110 child in summer. Prices are higher Friday and Saturday. Most hotel pools are open 10am to 6pm, and many fall under the chilly shadows of surrounding buildings, especially in late afternoon.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.