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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a the most unique riding and hiking experience.
The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s first bicycle tunnel, was opened as part of Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycle path surrounds Jerusalem.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban and its northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem, about half a kilometer from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was inaugurated by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister ZeevElkin. The ceremony was also attended by Mayor Moshelion, Avi Balehnikov, Gihon Water Company chairman, as well as many cyclists.

Jerusalem was a sought-after tourist destination because of its rich and fascinating historical. Nowadays, aside from its historic treasures, it also incorporates modern tourism.” Elkin said. “The opening of this tunnel project is yet another milestone in the advancement of Jerusalem as an attractive tourist destination for all types of tourists throughout Israel as well as around the world.”

The ministry of Elkin, which also headed the project in conjunction with Jerusalem Municipality, said that the ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism, and also in the creation of new ventures and attractions that link the amazing historical history of our capital city and its future.” I encourage the cycling community to ride a secure and modern-day route that takes the cyclist through Old Jerusalem.

The project was funded by the Elkin’s department and the Tourism Ministry. It also included the budgets for the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The project was completed by the Jerusalem Development Authority. Elkin said that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is a central tool to realize the vision to change the way we think about transport throughout Jerusalem.” “The tunnel, which is being constructed to connect to Jerusalem Ring Path will join existing bicycle paths and those that will paved in the neighborhoods. It is intended to encourage cycling within the city’s residents and to promote the green revolution in transport in the capital.” The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the 90s to move a main sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is currently being used as an infrastructure tunnel which includes the fifth waterline that runs to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water corporation. “The Kerem Tunnel project is a central tool to realize the vision of transforming Jerusalem’s transport model. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
Current projects include road construction, installation blowers, and advanced security systems to ensure the tunnel is secure for everyone to use all year.

You can also access the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique recreation spots, including Ein Kerem, the Biblical aquarium, zoo and Ein Kerem neighborhood.