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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique adventure in hiking and riding that should be enjoyed by all.
The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s first bike tunnel, opened as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycling route surrounds Jerusalem.

The tunnel is a link between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. נווה פריצקי נווה פריצקי The tunnel’s southern entry point is located within Refaim Park below Ein Laban. The northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem about half one kilometer from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was inaugurated on Thursday, by Jerusalem and the heritage minister Ze’ev Elkin as well as Mayor Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon the chairman of Gihon and a plethora of other cyclists were also present.

The city’s rich history was a reason that it was the most visited tourist destination during the time of its glory. In the present, in addition to its historical treasures the city also offers modern tourism.” Elkin said. “The launch (of [this] tunnel project is a further step in the growth of Jerusalem as well as it’s transformation into a sought-after tourist destination for all kinds of audiences in Israel as well as around the globe.”

Elkin his ministry, which responsible for the project, along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry had invested thousands of shekels every year in the development of Jerusalem’s tourism and also in the creation of new activities and ventures which will link the amazing historical past with the exciting the future of Jerusalem. I invite cyclists to enjoy an attractive, well-maintained cycling route overlooking the unique nature of Old Jerusalem.

About NIS 25 million was put into in the project. It was budgeted by Elkin’s ministry 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 stated, “The Kerem Tunnel project is a key instrument in achieving our goal to change the way transportation is conducted in Jerusalem.” Elkin explained that the proposed tunnel is connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path and will connect with existing bike routes. It will also be made paved in its various areas. נווה פריצקי The tunnel will be a great way to increase cycling and encourage green transportation in the capital.

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the late 90s to relocate a main sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is currently being used as an infrastructure tunnel which includes the fifth waterline that runs to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water corporation.

“The Kerem tunnel project is central to realizing the goal of changing Jerusalem’s transportation system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
To make the tunnel accessible to the general public throughout the year, the works include road construction, as well as installation of blowers. The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to exclusive recreation areas such as Ein Kerem, a neighborhood that includes a biblical zoo and aquarium and also the historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.