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Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel offers a unique riding and hiking experience for the benefit of
The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s first bicycle tunnel, was opened as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycle path surrounds Jerusalem. The tunnel is located along the Nahal Refaim-Emek Motza path. It has a southern entrance within Refaim Park. Ein Laban is the nearest. Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.

The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was inaugurated on Thursday by Jerusalem and heritage minister Ze’evElkin and Moshe Lion, the Mayor. Moshe Lion. נווה פריצקי Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon, chairman of Gihon, and hundreds other cyclists were also present.

“In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive tourist destination because of its rich history. Nowadays, aside from its historical treasures the city also offers modern tourism.” Elkin said. “The opening of this tunnel project is yet another step in the development of Jerusalem as an attractive tourist destination for all kinds of travelers in Israel and around the globe.” Elkin his ministry, which spearheaded the project along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry has invested hundreds of millions of shekels annually in the development of Jerusalem’s tourism as well as in creating new attractions and ventures that will connect the magnificent historical past and future of Jerusalem. I would like to invite you to ride your bicycles on a scenic, well-maintained route that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

נווה פריצקי The project was funded by the Elkin’s department and the Tourism Ministry. It also included the budgets for the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The project was done by the Jerusalem Development Authority. Elkin stressed, “The Kerem Tunnel project will be a central instrument in achieving our goal to change the way transportation is conducted in Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel, which will connect to the long Jerusalem Ring Path, will join existing bike routes in the city as well as the ones that will be laid in its various neighborhoods, with the aim of encouraging cycling among its residents and its visitors, and also encouraging the green revolution of transportation in Jerusalem.”

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

“The Kerem tunnel project is central to realizing the vision for changing Jerusalem’s transportation system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
Road construction, installation, blowers, modern safety systems and electrical wiring are all part of the ongoing works. The tunnel will be safe for the public to use throughout the season.

The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to many places to relax, including Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium and also historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.