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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 opened as part the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles Jerusalem, the capital city.

It connects Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. Its southern entry is located within Refaim Park under Ein Laban. The northern entry, Nahal Ein Kerem, is about half a kilometer away from the Kerem junction.

Inauguration of the tunnel, which is 2.1 kilometers long, was held in Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshelion, Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman) and hundreds more cyclists.

Jerusalem was a sought-after tourist destination because of its glorious historical. Elkin stated that, in addition to its rich history and modern amenities, tourism has also been included in Jerusalem’s city. “The inauguration (of this tunnel project) is an additional part of the growth of Jerusalem and the transformation of Jerusalem into a popular city to visit for all kinds of audiences in Israel and around the world.”

Elkin’s ministry, which was also in charge of the project together with Jerusalem Municipality, declared that his ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism and in creating new ventures and attractions which connect the glorious historic past of our eternal capital with its future.” I would like to invite you to ride your bicycles along a stunning maintained, well-maintained path that looks out over Old Jerusalem. The project was financed by the Elkin’s Ministry and the Tourism Ministry. It also included budgets for the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The project was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority. Elkin stressed the fact that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is an essential tool for achieving the dream to redefine the idea of transportation throughout Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel, which will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect with existing cycle paths within the city, and will be paved within its diverse neighborhood. The tunnel is intended to encourage bicycling among its residents, and promote a green transportation revolution in Jerusalem.”

In the 1990s In the 90s, in the 1990s, Kerem Tunnel was excavated to relocate the main sewer line from Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is now used for infrastructure purposes. It houses the fifth water line to Jerusalem by the Mekorot water company.

“The Kerem tunnel is a crucial tool for achieving the goal of changing Jerusalem’s transport system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
Current work includes road construction, installation blowers and sophisticated security systems to ensure the tunnel is secure to use during the entire year.

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