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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a an experience that is unique in terms of hiking and riding.
נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s first bike tunnel, opened as part of Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycle path surrounds Jerusalem.

The tunnel connects the path between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The southern entrance is located in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban, and the northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem, about one kilometer away close to the Kerem junction.

On Thursday, Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin, Mayor Michael, Avi Baleshnikov, Gihon chairman, and hundreds of cyclists attended a ceremony to inaugurate the tunnel’s 2.1-kilometer-long length.

Jerusalem was once a tourist attraction because of its rich history. Elkin said that apart from its historical treasures, modern tourism is also integrated into the city of Jerusalem. “The opening (of this tunnel project) is a further step in the development of Jerusalem and the transformation of Jerusalem into a popular tourist city for all sorts of audiences across Israel as well as around the globe.”

Elkin who, along with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, explained that his ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the improvement of the tourism industry in Jerusalem and the development of new activities and ventures that connect the glorious historical past of our eternal capital to the future of Jerusalem… I encourage all cyclists to take a trip and enjoy the new, well-maintained and modern route that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

Around NIS 25 million was earmarked in the project. It was budgeted by Elkin’s ministry The Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, with the work carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stated the fact that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is the central instrument to achieve the dream to change the way we think about transport throughout Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel will connect to the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will link to the numerous cycling routes that exist in the city. The paths will be paved within the various neighborhoods. The aim is to promote cycling among residents of Jerusalem.

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the 90s to move an important sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is now being utilized as an infrastructure tunnel which also includes the fifth line of water to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water corporation.

“The Kerem Tunnel project is the central instrument to achieve the vision of changing Jerusalem’s transportation model. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
Construction of roads, the installation and testing of electrical and safety systems are some of the ongoing projects to ensure the tunnel is safe throughout the year.

You can also access the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique places to relax, such as Ein Kerem, the Biblical Zoo, aquarium, and the Ein Kerem neighborhood.