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The Kerem Tunnel is the first bicycle tunnel in Israel and was opened as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route around the capital.

The tunnel links the paths between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. נווה פריצקי Its southern entrance is located in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban while the northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem, about half a kilometer close to the Kerem junction.

נווה פריצקי נווה פריצקי The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel project was inaugurated in a ceremony held on Thursday that was attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’evElkin, Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov and hundreds of cyclists.

“In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive tourist destination due to its glorious past. Elkin said that, the present, in addition to its historic treasures the tunnel project encompasses modern day tourism. “The launch of the tunnel project is another milestone in the advancement of Jerusalem as an attractive tourist destination for all types of tourists from Israel and around the globe.”

Elkin his ministry, which together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, explained that the ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year in the development of the tourism industry in Jerusalem and the development of new tourist attractions and ventures that link the rich history of our capital city to the future of Jerusalem… I invite you to ride your bicycles on a scenic maintained, well-maintained path that looks out over Old Jerusalem.

The project was funded by the Elkin’s Ministry and the Tourism Ministry. It also included budgets for the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The project was done by the Jerusalem Development Authority. Elkin stated that the Kerem Tunnel project was a important tool to realize the vision of shifting the idea of transport throughout Jerusalem. “The new tunnel connecting to the Jerusalem Ring Path will join the existing bike paths as well as the ones that will be paved within the neighborhoods. The goal is to encourage biking within the city’s residents and to promote the green transport revolution in the capital.”

The Kerem Tunnel, originally excavated by the Gihon Corporation in the 1990s to relocate its main sewer line to Sorek’s purification plant.

“The Kerem Tunnel Project is essential to realize the vision of changing the transportation concept throughout Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
To make the tunnel accessible to the public all year round the work includes road construction as well as the installing blowers.

The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreational areas, like Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which has a Biblical zoo and aquarium and historical natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.