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The Kerem Tunnel is a great place to ride and hike.
The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s first cycle tunnel, was inaugurated as part of Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycle path surrounds Jerusalem.

The tunnel links Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. It is located in southern Israel 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’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.

The city’s rich history was a reason why it was the most visited tourist destination during the time of its glory. Nowadays, aside from its rich history it also has modern tourism.” Elkin said. “The inauguration of this tunnel project is a different element of the development of Jerusalem. The tunnel transforms the city into an attractive destination for tourists of all types of audience throughout Israel as well as around the world.” Elkin’s ministry, which was also headed the project alongside Jerusalem Municipality, said that the ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels annually in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism and in creating new ventures and attractions which connect the glorious historic history of our capital city with the future.” I invite cyclists to enjoy a well-maintained, modern cycling route that overlooks the distinctive scenery of Old Jerusalem.

נווה פריצקי Elkin’s Ministry, Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25,000,000 to the project. The project was executed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stated, “The Kerem Tunnel project is a key instrument for achieving our dream to change the concept transportation throughout Jerusalem.” “The tunnel, which is being constructed to connect to the Jerusalem Ring Path will join existing paths for bicycles and the ones that will be paved within the neighborhoods. It’s designed to encourage cycling among the residents of Jerusalem and encourage the green movement in Jerusalem.”

נווה פריצקי 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 located in Sorek, which is located just west of the city. It is used today as an infrastructure tunnel that includes the fifth water line to Jerusalem of the Mekorot water company.

“The Kerem Tunnel project is a central tool to realize the dream of transforming Jerusalem’s transportation model. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
The works currently underway include road construction, the installation of blowers, as well as advanced electrical and safety systems, to make the tunnel safe for people to walk through all year round.

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