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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique riding experience and hiking experience that should be loved by everyone.
The Kerem Tunnel is the first bike tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was opened as a part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles Jerusalem, the capital city.

The tunnel connects the path between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. It is located in southern Israel located in Refaim Park. Ein Laban is the closest. Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.

The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially opened by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin. It was also attended by Mayor Moshelion, Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company chairman, and thousands of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a tourist attraction due to its rich history. Nowadays, aside from its historic treasures it also has modern tourism.” Elkin said. “The inauguration (of this tunnel project) is another aspect of the growth of Jerusalem as well as the transformation of Jerusalem into a popular tourist destination for all kinds of visitors throughout Israel as well as around the globe.”

Elkin’s ministry, which was responsible for the project along with Jerusalem Municipality, declared that his ministry “invests hundreds and millions of shekels each year in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism and in creating new ventures and attractions that connect the magnificent historical past of our eternal capital and its future.” I encourage all cyclists to take a trip and enjoy the modern, well-maintained route that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

A total of NIS 25 million was invested in the project, budgeted by the Elkin’s Ministry The Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, with the work carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority. Elkin stressed the fact that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is a central tool to realize the dream to redefine the idea of transportation throughout Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel, which connects to the lengthy Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing bike paths in the city and those that will be paved throughout the city’s neighborhoods in the hope of encouraging cycling among the city’s residents as well as its visitors, and also in promoting the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem.”

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

“The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool for achieving the dream of changing Jerusalem’s transportation model. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
The current projects include road construction, installation blowers, and sophisticated safety equipment to ensure the tunnel is safe for everyone to use throughout the year.

Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreation areas, for instance Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which has a Biblical aquarium and zoo, and ancient natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.