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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience.
The Kerem Tunnel is the first bike tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was officially opened in the year 2000 as part the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles the capital.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. Its southern entry is located in Refaim Park under Ein Laban. נווה פריצקי The northern entrance, Nahal Ein Kerem, is about half a kilometer away from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was inaugurated on Thursday by Jerusalem and heritage minister Ze’ev Elkin as well as Moshe Lion, the Mayor. Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon the chairman of Gihon, and hundreds other cyclists were also in attendance.

Jerusalem was a desirable tourist destination because of its rich and fascinating past. Elkin stated that nowadays along with its historical treasures the tunnel project includes modern tourism. “The inauguration [of] this tunnel project is another stage in the growth of Jerusalem as an attractive tourism destination for all kinds of people from Israel as well as around the world.”

Elkin his ministry, which together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, explained that his ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the improvement of all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism and the development of new tourist attractions and ventures that link the rich history of our capital city to the future of Jerusalem… I encourage all cyclists to come and take a ride along the contemporary, well-maintained road which overlooks Old Jerusalem. The project was financed by Elkin’s ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry. It also included budgets for Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The work was done by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin said that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is a central tool to realize the dream to redefine the idea of transport throughout Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel, which will connect to the long Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing bicycle routes in the city as well as the ones that will be laid in the various neighborhoods to encourage cycling among the city’s residents as well as its visitors and encouraging the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the 1990s to move the main sewer line from the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant in Sorek It is situated to the west of the city. It is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel. It also includes the fifth water line to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company. “The Kerem tunnel is a vital tool in achieving the goal of changing Jerusalem’s transport system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
The work currently in progress includes road construction, the installation of blowers, as well as advanced security and electrical systems to ensure the tunnel is safe for people to walk through all year round.

נווה פריצקי Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreation areas, like Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which has a Biblical aquarium and zoo and also the historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.