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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 cycle route that circles Jerusalem, the capital city.

The tunnel is located along the Nahal Refaim-Emek Mostza route. It has a southern entrance located in Refaim Park. נווה פריצקי Ein Laban is the closest. Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.

The tunnel’s official opening ceremony which measures 2.1 kilometers long took place in Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin, Mayor Moshelion and Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman) and hundreds more cyclists.

נווה פריצקי Jerusalem was a sought-after tourist destination due to its rich past. Elkin explained that nowadays as well as its rich history, the tunnel project also encompasses modern day tourism. “The launch of the tunnel is another aspect of the growth of Jerusalem. The tunnel transforms Jerusalem into an attractive tourist destination for all types of audience throughout Israel as well as around the world.”

נווה פריצקי Elkin’s ministry, which was also headed the project alongside Jerusalem Municipality, said that the ministry “invests hundreds and millions of shekels annually in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism, and also in the creation of exciting attractions and ventures which connect the glorious historic past of our eternal capital and its future.” I would like to invite cyclists everywhere to visit and enjoy the new, well-maintained and modern route that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

A total of NIS 25 million were earmarked in the project, financed 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, and the work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin explained that the Kerem Tunnel project is an crucial tool to realize the vision to alter the concept and transport throughout Jerusalem. “The tunnel, which will connect to the long Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing bicycle pathways in the city, as well as those that are paved in the various neighborhoods with the aim of encouraging cycling among the city’s residents as well as its visitors as well as in promoting the green transportation revolution in the capital city.”

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 also includes the fifth line of water that runs to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water corporation.

“The Kerem tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the goal of changing the way of transport in Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
The current works include road construction, installation of blowers and advanced electrical and safety systems, to make the tunnel safe for pedestrians to travel through all year round.

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