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The Kerem Tunnel is a great location to go on a hike or ride.
נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel, the first cycle tunnel in Israel was opened in the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles Jerusalem, the capital city.

The tunnel links Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is located beneath Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem.

The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel was officially opened at a formal ceremony held on Thursday that was attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’evElkin, Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov and hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was a popular tourist destination because of its rich past. נווה פריצקי Nowadays, aside from its historic treasures it also has modern-day tourism.” Elkin said. “The launch of the tunnel project is a different part in the development Jerusalem. It makes Jerusalem an attractive tourist destination for every kind of person within Israel and around the world.”

Elkin, whose ministry together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, said his ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the improvement of Jerusalem’s tourism in all its aspects and in the creation of exciting attractions and ventures that connect the rich history of our capital city’s eternal past to the future of Jerusalem… I encourage you to take your bicycles along a beautiful maintained, well-maintained path that looks out over Old Jerusalem. Elkin’s Ministry, Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25 million for the project. The project was executed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin said the fact that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is the central instrument to achieve the dream to change the way we think about transportation throughout Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel, which connects with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect with existing cycle paths within the city as well as the ones that will be paved within its diverse neighborhood. It’s designed to encourage cycling within its inhabitants, and to promote the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the 1990s to create a main sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is now being used as an infrastructure Tunnel that includes the fifth waterline that runs to Jerusalem via the Mekorot water corporation.

“The Kerem Tunnel Project is an important tool in realizing the goal to change the way transportation is thought of throughout Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
Road construction, installation and testing of electrical and safety systems are just some of the ongoing works to make the tunnel safer throughout the year.

It is also possible to use the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique recreation areas, such as Ein Kerem, the Biblical Zoo, aquarium, and the Ein Kerem neighborhood.