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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique adventure in hiking and riding that should be loved by everyone.
The Kerem Tunnel, the first bicycle tunnel in Israel was opened in the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles Jerusalem, the capital city.

נווה פריצקי The tunnel links Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entry point is located in Refaim Park below Ein Laban. The northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem about half a km away from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was officially opened on Thursday, by Jerusalem and heritage minister Ze’ev Elkin and Mayor Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon Chairman of Gihon and a plethora of other cyclists were also in attendance.

Jerusalem was once sought-after tourist destination due to its historic past. Elkin said that today aside from its rich history, Jerusalem is also a destination for modern-day tourists. “The opening of this tunnel is a further step in the development of Jerusalem as an ideal tourism destination for all kinds of travelers from Israel and around the globe.” Elkin the minister whose ministry as well as the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, said that his ministry “invests hundreds to millions of shekels per year to develop all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourists and in the design and operation of new attractions, ventures , and other attractions which connect the rich past of our eternal city to the future”. I would like to invite you to ride your bicycles along a beautiful maintained, well-maintained path that looks out over Old Jerusalem.

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

Elkin stated that the Kerem Tunnel project is an crucial tool to realize the goal to transform the idea of transportation throughout Jerusalem. “The new tunnel, which will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing cycle routes in the city as well as the ones that will be paved within its diverse neighborhoods. It’s designed to encourage bicycling among its residents, and promote the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem.”

In the 90s In the 90s, in the 1990s, Kerem Tunnel was excavated to move the main sewer line from Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is now used as an infrastructure tunnel and houses the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company. “The Kerem Tunnel Project is an important tool in realizing the vision to change the way transportation is thought of throughout Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
The current work includes road construction, installation blowers and advanced safety equipment to ensure the tunnel is secure for all to use throughout the year. The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to a variety of recreational sites, such as Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium, and also historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.