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The Kerem Tunnel offers a unique riding and hiking experience for the benefit of
The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s first bike tunnel, opened as part of Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycling route surrounds Jerusalem.

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

נווה פריצקי The tunnel’s official opening ceremony, which is 2.1 kilometers long, was held in Jerusalem and the Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshelion, Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman) as well as a plethora of cyclists.

נווה פריצקי The city’s rich history was a reason why it was an extremely popular tourist destination in the past. Elkin explained that the present, in addition to its rich history the tunnel project includes modern tourism. “The opening of this tunnel is another part in the development Jerusalem. נווה פריצקי The tunnel makes Jerusalem an attractive destination for tourists of any kind of crowd throughout Israel as well as around the world.”

Elkin’s ministry, which was also in charge of the project together in conjunction with 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 new ventures and attractions that link the amazing historical history of our capital city with its future.” I would like to invite cyclists to ride along a a well-maintained, modern cycle route, which overlooks the stunning scenery of Old Jerusalem.

The project was financed by the Elkin’s department as well as the Tourism Ministry. It also included the budgets for the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The project was done by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin declared that the Kerem Tunnel project was a important tool to realize the vision of changing the concept for transportation throughout Jerusalem. “The tunnel, which will connect to the long Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing bicycle paths in the city and those that will be paved throughout the city’s neighborhoods to encourage cycling among the city’s residents as well as its visitors and in promoting the green transportation revolution in the capital city.”

In the 90s In the 90s, in the 1990s, Kerem Tunnel was excavated to relocate the main sewer line of Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is now used for infrastructure purposes. It houses 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 vision of changing Jerusalem’s transportation model. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
To make the tunnel usable to the public year-round The works comprise road construction as well as the installing blowers.

The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreational areas, like Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which has a Biblical zoo and aquarium as well as historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.