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The Kerem Tunnel, the first bicycle tunnel in Israel, has been inaugurated in the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles the capital city.

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

The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel project was officially inaugurated at a formal ceremony on Thursday attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov as well as hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a major tourist attraction due to its rich past. Elkin said that the present tourism industry is an integral part of Jerusalem’s treasures from the past and incorporates modern day tourism. “The launch of the tunnel project is yet another milestone in the advancement of Jerusalem as an ideal tourist destination for all kinds of travelers from Israel and all over the world.”

Elkin his ministry, which spearheaded the project along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry invested hundreds of millions of shekels annually in the development of Jerusalem’s tourism as well as in creating new ventures and attractions which will link the amazing historical past and future of Jerusalem. נווה פריצקי I invite cycling enthusiasts to join us and take a ride along the modern and well-maintained cycle route that offers a view of the unique landscape of Old Jerusalem.”

נווה פריצקי Elkin’s Ministerial, Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25,000,000 for the project. Work was performed by the Jerusalem Development Authority. Elkin declared that the Kerem Tunnel project was a key tool in realizing the dream of altering the way of transportation throughout Jerusalem. “The tunnel, which is connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect with existing cycle paths within the city as well as the ones that will be constructed within the different neighborhood. It’s designed to encourage bicycling among its residents, and to promote the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in 1990 in order to transfer the main sewers of Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. נווה פריצקי The plant is located west of Sorek and is used today as an infrastructure tunnel.

“The Kerem tunnel project is the central instrument for achieving the vision to change the way of transport in Jerusalem. “

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

The Kerem Tunnel provides access to unique recreation locations, including Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the biblical aquarium and zoo , as also the historical natural springs Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.