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The Kerem Tunnel is a great spot to hike and ride. The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s newest bicycle tunnel, has been inaugurated as part of an extensive cycle path that runs through the capital.

It connects Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban while the northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem, about half a mile close to the Kerem junction.

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

נווה פריצקי נווה פריצקי Jerusalem was once a popular tourist destination because of its rich history. Elkin stated that, today in addition to its rich history, Jerusalem is also a destination for modern-day tourists. “The inauguration (of [this] tunnel project is a further step in the development of Jerusalem as well as its transformation into a desirable tourist city for all sorts of audiences throughout Israel and around the world.”

Elkin his ministry, which in charge of the project with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry had invested thousands of shekels every year in Jerusalem’s tourist development and in the development of new activities and ventures that connect the stunning historical past with the exciting future of Jerusalem. I would like to invite cyclists to ride along a an attractive, well-maintained cycling route overlooking the unique nature of Old Jerusalem.

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

Elkin stated that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is the central instrument to achieve the vision to transform the concept of transport throughout Jerusalem.” “The tunnel, which connects with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing cycle routes in the city as well as those that will be paved within its different neighborhoods. נווה פריצקי It’s designed to encourage cycling within its inhabitants, and to promote a green transportation revolution in Jerusalem.”

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

“The Kerem tunnel project is essential to achieving the vision for changing Jerusalem’s transportation system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
The current works include road construction, installation of blowers as well as modern safety and electrical systems to make the tunnel safe for pedestrians to travel through throughout the year.

The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreational areas, for instance Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which includes a Biblical zoo and aquarium as well as ancient natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.