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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience.
The Kerem Tunnel is the first bike tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was officially opened in the year 2000 as part the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles the capital.

The tunnel runs along the Nahal Refaim-Emek Motza path. נווה פריצקי The southern entrance of the tunnel is beneath Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance is found in Nahal Ein Kerem.

The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was inaugurated on Thursday by Jerusalem and the heritage minister Ze’ev Elkin and Moshe Lion, the Mayor. נווה פריצקי Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon Chairman of Gihon, and hundreds other cyclists also attended.

נווה פריצקי Jerusalem was once well-known tourist destination due to its historic past. Elkin said that, today as well as its rich history, the tunnel project also encompasses modern day tourism. “The opening of this tunnel is a further stage in the growth of Jerusalem as an ideal tourist destination for all kinds of tourists from Israel and all over the world.”

נווה פריצקי Elkin his ministry, which together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, said his ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year to develop the tourism industry in Jerusalem and in the creation of new tourist attractions and ventures that link the fascinating history of our capital city’s eternal past to its future… I invite cycling enthusiasts to come and enjoy an up-to-date and well-maintained cycling route that takes in the unique nature of Old Jerusalem.” Around NIS 25 million were earmarked in the project, financed by the Elkin’s Ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, with the work carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stated the fact that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is the central instrument to achieve the dream to transform the concept of transport in Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel, which will connect to the lengthy Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing bike paths in the city and those that are paved in its various neighborhoods, with the aim of encouraging cycling among its residents and its visitors, and also encouraging the green revolution of transportation in the capital city.”

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the late 90s to relocate an important sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is currently used as an infrastructure Tunnel that includes the fifth waterline to Jerusalem via the Mekorot water corporation.

“The Kerem tunnel is a key tool to realize the goal of changing Jerusalem’s transportation system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
The current work includes road construction, installation blowers, as well as advanced safety systems to ensure that the tunnel is secure for everyone to use throughout the year.

The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to numerous recreational sites, such as Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium, as well historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.