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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a the most unique riding and hiking experience. The Kerem Tunnel, the first cycle tunnel in Israel was opened in the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city. The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entrance can be found within Refaim Park below Ein Laban. The northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem about half an hour from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially opened by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister ZeevElkin. It was also attended by Mayor Moshelion Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company Chairman, as well as hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem’s rich past was the main reason for it to be the most visited tourist destination during the time of its glory. Elkin stated that the present as well as its historical treasures, the tunnel project also incorporates modern-day tourism. נווה פריצקי “The launch of the tunnel project is another stage in the growth of Jerusalem as an ideal tourist destination for all types of tourists from Israel and around the globe.”

Elkin’s ministry, which was also headed the project alongside Jerusalem Municipality, said that the ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels annually throughout 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 would like to invite cyclists to take a relaxing and modern route that takes the cyclist through Old Jerusalem.

A total of NIS 25 million were invested in the project, budgeted by Elkin’s ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, and the work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority. Elkin stated the fact that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is a central tool to realize the goal to change the way we think about transport in Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel that connects to the Jerusalem Ring Path will join existing paths for bicycles and those that will paved in the neighborhoods. The goal is to encourage biking within the city’s residents and to promote the green revolution in transport in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the early 1990s in order to shift the main sewer line from the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant in Sorek, which is located west of the city and is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel that also includes the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.

“The Kerem tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the dream of changing the way of transport in Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
Road construction installation, blowers, sophisticated security systems and electrical wiring are all part and parcel of the present work. The tunnel will be safe for public to use throughout the season.

The Kerem Tunnel provides access to unique recreation locations, including Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the Biblical aquarium and zoo as also the historical natural springs Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban, and Ein Haniyeh.