Auto Draft

The Kerem Tunnel allows for a the most unique riding and hiking experience.
The Kerem Tunnel is the first bike tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was officially opened in the year 2000 as a part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle path that runs around the capital.

נווה פריצקי It connects Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entrance can be found in Refaim Park below Ein Laban. נווה פריצקי While the northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem about half one kilometer away from the Kerem junction.

נווה פריצקי The tunnel’s official opening ceremony that is 2.1 kilometers long, was held in Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshelion, Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman) along with hundreds of cyclists. “In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive tourist destination because of its rich history. נווה פריצקי Today, apart from its rich history it also has modern tourism,” Elkin said. “The opening of the tunnel project is another aspect of the growth of Jerusalem and it’s transformation into an attractive tourism destination for all across Israel and around the world.

Elkin the minister whose ministry as well as the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, said that his ministry “invests hundreds to millions of shekels annually to develop all aspects of Jerusalem’s visitors and in the design and operation of exciting attractions, ventures , and other attractions that link the rich history of Jerusalem to the future”. I encourage all cyclists to visit and enjoy the contemporary, well-maintained road which overlooks Old Jerusalem.

Elkin’s ministry and the Tourism Ministry budgeted the project.

Elkin stated that the Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool for achieving the goal to change the way of thinking and transportation throughout Jerusalem. “The new tunnel, which connects with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect with existing cycle paths in the city as well as the ones that will be paved within its diverse areas. It is designed to encourage cycling among its residents, and promote an environmentally sustainable transportation system in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the late 1990s to relocate the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant located in Sorek The Sorek Tunnel is located west of the city and is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel. It includes 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 of transforming the concept of transportation all over Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon

Present projects include road construction, installation blowers, and advanced safety systems to ensure that the tunnel is secure for all to use all year.

The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to unique recreation spots which include the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo and aquarium as well as the historic natural springs of Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.