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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a an experience that is unique in terms of hiking and riding.
The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s newest bicycle tunnel, has been constructed as a part of a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles the capital.

The tunnel connects the path between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entry point can be found within Refaim Park below Ein Laban. While the northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem about half an hour from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel project was inaugurated during a celebration on Thursday attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov, and a slew of cyclists.

The city’s rich history was a reason that it was an extremely popular tourist spot during the time of its glory. In the present, in addition to its historical treasures the city also offers modern tourism.” Elkin said. “The opening of this tunnel project is a further part of the expansion of the city of Jerusalem as well as its development into a dazzling tourist city for all types of visitors throughout Israel as well as around the world.”

Elkin who, along with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, stated that his ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year to develop all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism and in the creation of exciting tourist attractions and ventures that link the fascinating history of our capital city to the future of Jerusalem… נווה פריצקי I would like to invite cyclists to come and enjoy a modern and well-maintained cycling route that overlooks the special scenery of Old Jerusalem.”

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

Elkin stated that the Kerem Tunnel project was a key tool in realizing the vision of changing the concept for transportation in Jerusalem. נווה פריצקי “The new tunnel will be connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will link to the numerous bicycle paths that are already in the city. These will be paved within the numerous neighborhoods. The objective is to promote cycling among the residents of the city. In the late 1990s, the Kerem Tunnel was excavated to move the main sewer line from Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is currently used for infrastructure purposes and also houses the fifth water line to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.

“The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool for achieving the vision of transforming Jerusalem’s transportation model. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
Construction of roads and installation, as well as blowers, modern safety systems and electrical wiring are all part of the current works. The tunnel will be safe for public to use throughout the entire year. The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreational areas, such as Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which includes a Biblical aquarium and zoo and historical natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.