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The Kerem Tunnel, the first bicycle tunnel in Israel is now open as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city.

It links Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. The southern entrance of the tunnel is below Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance can be located in Nahal Ein Kerem. The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel project was inaugurated in a ceremony on Thursday , attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’evElkin, Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov, and a slew of cyclists.

“In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive tourist destination due to its glorious past. Elkin stated that the present along with its historic treasures, the tunnel project also incorporates modern-day tourism. “The launch (of [this] tunnel project is another aspect of the expansion of Jerusalem and it’s transformation into a sought-after tourist destination for all kinds of audiences in Israel as well as around the world.”

Elkin’s ministry, which was also headed the project with Jerusalem Municipality, said that the ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels annually in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism industry and is involved in developing new ventures and attractions that connect the magnificent historical time of our capital city and its future.” I encourage the cycling community to take a relaxing and modern route that takes you through Old Jerusalem.

Elkin’s Ministry Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25 million for the project. Work was performed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

נווה פריצקי Elkin explained that the Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool for achieving the goal to alter the concept and transportation throughout Jerusalem. “The new tunnel that connects to Jerusalem Ring Path will join existing bicycle paths and ones that are paved in the neighborhoods. It’s designed to encourage biking among its residents and promote the green revolution in transport in Jerusalem.” The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in the year 1990 to relocate the main sewers of Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. This plant is west of Sorek and is used today as an infrastructure tunnel.

“The Kerem Tunnel Project is an important tool in realizing the vision of changing the transportation concept across Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León

Road construction, installation and testing of electrical and safety systems are just a few of the ongoing projects to make the tunnel safer throughout the year.

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