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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a an experience that is unique in terms of hiking and riding.
The Kerem Tunnel, the first bicycle tunnel in Israel was opened in the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route that surrounds Jerusalem, the capital city.

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

Inauguration of the tunnel, which is 2.1 kilometers long took place in Jerusalem and the Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshelion, Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman of the company) as well as a plethora of cyclists.

Jerusalem’s rich past was the main reason for it to be an extremely popular tourist destination in the past. Elkin said that, today as well as its rich history the tunnel construction project includes modern tourism. “The opening of this tunnel project is another part of the development of the city of Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable city that is attractive to all types of audiences throughout Israel as well as around the world.”

Elkin who is in charge of the project in conjunction with Jerusalem Municipality said that his ministry invests hundreds of millions in Jerusalem’s tourism development and in the creation innovative attractions and ventures that link the glorious past of Jerusalem to the future. I encourage cyclists to join us and take a ride along an up-to-date and well-maintained cycling route that offers a view of the unique landscape of Old Jerusalem.” Elkin’s Ministry Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25 million to the project. The project was executed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stated that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is the central instrument to achieve the vision to change the way we think about transport throughout Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel that connects to Jerusalem Ring Path will join existing paths for bicycles and ones that are paved in its areas. It is intended to encourage cycling among the residents of Jerusalem and encourage the green revolution in transport in Jerusalem.”

In the 90s, in the 1990s, Kerem Tunnel was excavated to transfer the main sewer line of Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is now used as an infrastructure tunnel. It also houses the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem by the Mekorot water company.

נווה פריצקי “The Kerem Tunnel Project is essential to realize the vision to change the way transportation is thought of throughout Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
To make the tunnel usable to the public all year round The works comprise road construction and installing blowers. The Kerem Tunnel provides access to exclusive recreation spots, including Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the Biblical aquarium and zoo as well the historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban Ein Laban, and Ein Haniyeh. נווה פריצקי