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

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

The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel project was officially inaugurated in a ceremony on Thursday attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov, and a slew of cyclists. Jerusalem was once a tourist attraction due to its rich past. Elkin said that the present tourism industry is one of Jerusalem’s historic treasures and incorporates modern day tourism. “The opening of this tunnel project is another milestone in the advancement of Jerusalem as a tourist destination for all kinds of tourists throughout Israel as well as around the world.”

Elkin who is in charge of the project along with Jerusalem Municipality said that his ministry invests millions of dollars in the city’s tourism growth and in the creation innovative activities and ventures that tie the glorious past of Jerusalem to its future. I encourage cyclists to visit and enjoy a modern and well-maintained cycling route that overlooks the special scenery of Old Jerusalem.”

About NIS 25 million were put into in the project. It was budgeted by the Elkin’s Ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality as well as the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, as well as the work done by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stressed that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is an essential tool for achieving the goal to transform the concept of transportation throughout Jerusalem.” נווה פריצקי נווה פריצקי “The new tunnel, which is connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect with existing cycle paths within the city as well as those that will be paved within its various areas. The tunnel is intended to encourage bicycling within the city’s residents and also to encourage the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem.” The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the early 1990s in order to shift the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant located in Sorek It is situated west of the city and is used today as an infrastructure tunnel that also houses the fifth water line to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company. “The Kerem tunnel project is essential to achieving the vision for changing Jerusalem’s transport system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
Present work includes road construction, installation blowers and advanced security systems to ensure the tunnel is secure for everyone to use throughout the year.

The Kerem Tunnel provides access to special recreation areas, such as Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the biblical aquarium and zoo as well as the natural springs of historical significance Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban, and Ein Haniyeh.