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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique adventure in hiking and riding which is enjoyed by all.
The Kerem Tunnel is the first bicycle tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was officially opened in the year 2000 as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles Jerusalem, the capital city.

The tunnel links Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. נווה פריצקי The southern entrance is located in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban and its northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem, about one kilometer away from the Kerem junction.

On Thursday, Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin, Mayor Michael, Avi Baleshnikov, Gihon chairman, and a slew of cyclists participated in a ceremony to officially open the tunnel’s 2.1-kilometer-long length.

נווה פריצקי Jerusalem’s rich past was the main reason that it was the most visited tourist spot in the past. Today, apart from its rich history it also has modern-day tourism,” Elkin said. “The opening of the tunnel project is a different element of the progress of Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourist destination for everyone across Israel as well as around the world. Elkin, who heads the project in conjunction with Jerusalem Municipality said that his ministry invests millions of dollars in the city’s tourism growth and in the creation innovative tourist attractions and ventures that connect the rich history of Jerusalem to the future. I invite cyclists to enjoy an attractive, well-maintained cycle route, which overlooks the stunning landscape of Old Jerusalem. Elkin’s Ministerial, Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25,000,000 for the project. The project was executed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

“The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the vision to alter the notion of transportation in Jerusalem,” Elkin said. “The tunnel, which connects with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing cycle paths within the city, as well as the ones that are being constructed in its diverse neighborhoods. It’s designed to encourage bicycle riding within its inhabitants, and also to encourage the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem.” The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in 1990 in order to transfer the main sewer from Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. This plant is located west of Sorek and is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel. “The Kerem Tunnel Project is essential to realize the goal of changing the transportation concept across Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
Current projects include road construction, installation blowers, and advanced safety equipment to ensure the tunnel is safe for everyone to use during the entire year.

The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to special recreation areas such as the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo, aquarium and the and the historical natural springs in Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.