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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a an experience that is unique in terms of hiking and riding.
The Kerem Tunnel is the first bicycle tunnel in Israel and was inaugurated as part the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles the capital.

It connects Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. The southern entrance of the tunnel is beneath Ein Laban in Refaim Park. נווה פריצקי The northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem.

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 and Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman) as well as a plethora of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once popular tourist destination because of its historic past. Elkin said that, nowadays along with its historical treasures the tunnel construction project includes modern tourism. “The inauguration (of [this] tunnel project is an additional part of the expansion of Jerusalem, and the transformation of Jerusalem into a popular tourist destination for all kinds of audiences in Israel as well as across the globe.” Elkin’s ministry, which was also in charge of the project together with Jerusalem Municipality, declared that his ministry “invests hundreds and millions of shekels every year throughout Jerusalem’s tourism and in creating exciting attractions and ventures which connect the glorious historic past of our eternal capital with its future.” I encourage cyclists to come and enjoy the modern and well-maintained cycle route that offers a view of the unique scenery of Old Jerusalem.”

Elkin’s Ministerial, Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25 million to the project. The work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

“The Kerem Tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the goal to alter the notion of transportation across Jerusalem,” Elkin emphasized. “The new tunnel connecting to the Jerusalem Ring Path will join the existing bike paths as well as the ones that will be paved within its neighborhoods. It is intended to encourage biking within the city’s residents and to promote the green revolution in transport in Jerusalem.”

נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel, originally excavated by the Gihon Corporation in the 1990s in order to move the main sewer line toward Sorek’s purification plant.

“The Kerem Tunnel project is a central tool to realize the goal of changing Jerusalem’s transportation model. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
The work currently in progress includes road construction, the installation of blowers, as well as advanced electrical and safety systems, to ensure the tunnel is safe for the public to pass through throughout the year.

The Kerem Tunnel provides access to unique recreation locations, including Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the biblical aquarium and zoo , as well the historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban Ein Laban, and Ein Haniyeh.