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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience.
The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s first cycle tunnel, was inaugurated as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycle path surrounds Jerusalem.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. It has a southern entrance within Refaim Park. Ein Laban is the nearest. נווה פריצקי Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.

The tunnel’s official opening ceremony that is 2.1 kilometers long took place in Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin, Mayor Moshelion and Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman) as well as a plethora of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a major tourist attraction because of its rich past. נווה פריצקי Elkin said that the present tourism industry is one of Jerusalem’s treasures from the past and incorporates modern day tourism. “The inauguration (of the tunnel) is a further step in the growth of Jerusalem as well as it’s transformation into a sought-after tourist city for all sorts of people throughout Israel and around the world.” Elkin, whose ministry together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, stated that the ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year to develop the tourism industry in Jerusalem and also in the development of exciting activities and ventures that connect the fascinating history of our eternal capital to the future of Jerusalem… I invite all cyclists to take a trip and enjoy the contemporary, well-maintained road which overlooks Old Jerusalem.

Elkin’s Ministry and the Tourism Ministry budgeted the project.

Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project was a key tool in realizing the goal of altering the way of transportation throughout Jerusalem. “The new tunnel, which connects with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing cycle paths in the city and will be paved within its diverse neighborhoods. It’s designed to encourage bicycle riding among its residents, and promote a green transportation revolution in Jerusalem.”

נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the 90s to move the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel that includes the fifth waterline to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water corporation.

“The Kerem tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the goal of changing the way of transport in Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
Road construction, installation , and testing of safety and electrical systems are just some of the ongoing projects to ensure that the tunnel is secure for all seasons.

There is also the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique places to relax, such as Ein Kerem, the Biblical zoo, aquarium and the Ein Kerem neighborhood. נווה פריצקי