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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique adventure in hiking and riding that is to be loved by everyone.
The Kerem Tunnel, the first bicycle tunnel in Israel is now open in the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route that surrounds the capital city.

The tunnel is a link between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. It has a southern entrance in Refaim Park. Ein Laban is the closest. Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.

The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was opened on Thursday by Jerusalem and the heritage minister Ze’ev Elkin and Mayor Moshe Lion. נווה פריצקי Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon Chairman of Gihon, and hundreds other cyclists also attended.

Jerusalem was once very popular tourist destination because of its rich history. Elkin stated that, in addition to its rich history, modern tourism is also integrated into the city of Jerusalem. “The opening of this tunnel is another aspect of the growth of Jerusalem’s city Jerusalem as well as its development into a desirable tourist destination for all kinds of visitors in Israel and around the world.”

Elkin, whose ministry together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, said the ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the improvement of the tourism industry in Jerusalem and in the creation of new tourist attractions and ventures that link the fascinating history of our eternal capital to its future… I encourage cyclists to take advantage of a an attractive, well-maintained cycling route that overlooks the distinctive scenery of Old Jerusalem.

Elkin’s Ministerial, Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25 million to the project. Work was performed by the Jerusalem Development Authority. Elkin said that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is an essential tool for achieving the vision to change the way we think about transportation throughout Jerusalem.” Elkin stated that the new tunnel connects to the Jerusalem Ring Path and will join existing bike routes. The tunnel will also be paved throughout the various neighborhoods. The tunnel will be a great way to help cyclists and promote green transportation in the capital.

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

“The Kerem tunnel is a key tool to realize the dream of transforming Jerusalem’s transportation system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
To make the tunnel usable to the general public throughout the year the work includes road construction and installing blowers.

נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to exclusive recreation areas like Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which includes a Biblical aquarium and zoo, and historical natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.