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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique riding experience and hiking experience that should be enjoyed by all. The Kerem Tunnel is the first bike tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was inaugurated as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles the capital.

The tunnel is a link between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entrance can be found in Refaim Park below Ein Laban. The northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem about half an hour from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was opened on Thursday by Jerusalem and heritage minister Ze’ev Elkin and Moshe Lion, the Mayor. נווה פריצקי Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon, chairman of Gihon and a plethora of other cyclists were also in attendance.

Jerusalem was once a popular tourist destination because of its historical past. Elkin said that apart from its historical treasures the modern tourist industry is incorporated into the city of Jerusalem. “The inauguration of [this] tunnel project is another part of the expansion of Jerusalem’s city Jerusalem as well as its development into an attractive city that is attractive to all types of visitors throughout Israel and around the world.”

Elkin who’s ministry in charge of the project with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry invested thousands of shekels every year in Jerusalem’s tourist development and in the development of new attractions and ventures which will link the amazing historical past with the exciting future of Jerusalem. I would like to invite you to ride your bicycles along a beautiful, well-maintained route that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

Elkin’s Ministry Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25,000,000 for the project. The work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin explained that the Kerem Tunnel project is an crucial tool to realize the vision to transform the idea of transport throughout Jerusalem. “The tunnel, which is being constructed to connect to the Jerusalem Ring Path will join the existing bike paths as well as those that will paved in its neighborhoods. The goal is to promote biking among its residents and promote the green transport revolution in the capital.”

The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the early 1990s in order to shift the main sewer line from the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant in Sorek It is situated just west of the city. It is currently being used as an infrastructure tunnel. It also includes the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.

“The Kerem tunnel project is essential to achieving the goal of changing Jerusalem’s transport system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
The current works include road construction, installation blowers, as well as advanced safety systems to ensure that the tunnel is secure to use all year.

It is also possible to use the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique recreation areas, such as Ein Kerem, the Biblical zoo, aquarium and the Ein Kerem neighborhood.