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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a the most unique riding and hiking experience.
The Kerem Tunnel, the first bicycle tunnel in Israel was opened in the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles the capital city.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is located beneath Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance is found in Nahal Ein Kerem.

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.

Jerusalem was once a major tourist attraction due to its rich history. Elkin stated that, in addition to its rich history the modern tourist industry is integrated into the city of Jerusalem. נווה פריצקי “The launch of the tunnel project is a different element of the development of Jerusalem. It transforms the city into an attractive destination for tourists of all types of audience throughout Israel as well as around the world.”

Elkin who, through his ministry and the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, stated that his ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year in the growth of all aspects Jerusalem’s tourism and the design and operation of new attractions, ventures , and other attractions which connect the rich past of our eternal city to the future”. I invite you to ride your bicycles along a beautiful maintained, well-maintained path that looks out over Old Jerusalem.

About NIS 25 million was put into in the project, financed by Elkin’s ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, as well as the work done by the Jerusalem Development Authority. Elkin stressed, “The Kerem Tunnel project will be a central instrument in achieving our goal to change the notion of transportation in Jerusalem.” Elkin stated that the new tunnel connects to the Jerusalem Ring Path and will connect with existing bike trails. נווה פריצקי The tunnel will also be paved throughout the various neighborhoods. This will encourage cycling and promote green transportation in the capital.

The Kerem Tunnel, originally excavated by the Gihon Corporation in the 1990s in order to move its main sewer line to Sorek’s purification plant.

“The Kerem Tunnel Project is crucial in achieving the goal of changing the transportation concept throughout Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
The work currently in progress includes road construction, installation of blowers, as well as advanced safety and electrical systems in order to ensure that the tunnel is secure for people to walk through throughout the year.

The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to unique recreation sites – including the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo, aquarium and the along with the historic natural springs of Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.