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The Kerem Tunnel is a great location to go on a hike or ride.
The Kerem Tunnel is the first bike tunnel in Israel and was inaugurated as part the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route around the capital.

The tunnel runs through the Nahal-Refaim-Emek-Motza path. It has a southern entrance in Refaim Park. נווה פריצקי Ein Laban is the closest. Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance. The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel project was inaugurated during a celebration held on Thursday that was attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin, Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov, and a slew of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a sought-after tourist destination due to its rich history. Elkin explained that nowadays along with its historical treasures the tunnel project includes modern tourism. “The launch (of this tunnel project) is an additional part of the growth of Jerusalem as well as it’s transformation into a sought-after tourist destination for all kinds of visitors throughout Israel as well as around the world.” Elkin who’s ministry spearheaded the project along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry had invested hundreds of millions of shekels annually in Jerusalem’s tourist development as well as in creating new activities and ventures that connect the stunning historic past with the future of Jerusalem. I invite cycling enthusiasts to join us and take a ride along a modern and well-maintained cycling route that offers a view of the unique scenery of Old Jerusalem.”

Elkin’s Ministry, the Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation all contributed to the project. The Jerusalem Development Authority completed the work. Elkin stressed, “The Kerem Tunnel project will be the central tool for realizing our vision to change the concept transportation throughout Jerusalem.” נווה פריצקי “The tunnel, which is connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing cycle paths in the city and are being constructed in its different areas. It is designed to encourage cycling within its inhabitants, and to promote an environmentally sustainable transportation system in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in 1990 to move the main sewer of Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. The plant is located west of Sorek and is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel.

“The Kerem tunnel project is the central instrument for achieving the vision to change the notion of transportation in Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
The works currently underway include road construction, installation of blowers and advanced security and electrical systems to make the tunnel safe for the public to pass through all year round.

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