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The Kerem Tunnel is a great spot to hike and ride.
The Kerem Tunnel, the first cycle tunnel in Israel, has been inaugurated as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route that surrounds Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city. The tunnel connects the path between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is located in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban and its northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem, about half a mile close to the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel was officially opened during a celebration on Thursday 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 glorious past. In the present, in addition to its historical treasures the city also offers modern tourism,” Elkin said. “The inauguration of [this] tunnel project is another part of the expansion of the city of Jerusalem as well as its development into an attractive tourist destination for all kinds of audiences in Israel as well as around the globe.”

Elkin who’s ministry responsible for the project, along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry invested thousands of shekels annually in the city’s tourism development and in the development of new ventures and attractions that will connect the magnificent historic past with the the future of Jerusalem. I invite the cycling community to enjoy a safe and modern route that takes you through Old Jerusalem.

About NIS 25 million was invested in the project. It was budgeted by the Elkin’s Ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, as well as the work done by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stated that the Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool for achieving the goal to alter the concept and transport throughout Jerusalem. Elkin said that the new tunnel is connected with the Jerusalem Ring Path and will connect with existing bike paths. The tunnel will also be paved in the various areas. This will encourage cycling and promote green transportation in the capital.

The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the early 1990s in order to shift the main sewer line from the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant in Sorek, which is located just west of the city. It is used today as an infrastructure tunnel that includes the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem of the Mekorot water company.

נווה פריצקי “The Kerem Tunnel Project is an important tool in realizing the vision to change the way transportation is thought of across Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
Road construction, installation and testing of electrical and safety systems are just a few of the ongoing efforts to ensure the tunnel is safe for all year. The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to special recreation areas which include the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo and aquarium, along with the historic natural springs in Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh. נווה פריצקי