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The Kerem Tunnel is a great place to ride and hike.
נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s first bike tunnel, opened as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycle route is located around Jerusalem.

The tunnel links Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is located below Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance can be located in Nahal Ein Kerem. The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel was officially opened in a ceremony held on Thursday that was attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin, Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov as well as hundreds of cyclists.

“In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive city for tourists because of its rich history. נווה פריצקי Today, apart from its rich history, it also incorporates modern-day tourism,” Elkin said. “The inauguration of [this] tunnel project is a further part of the development of Jerusalem as a city. Jerusalem and its transformation into a dazzling city that is attractive to all types of visitors throughout Israel and throughout the globe.”

Elkin’s ministry, which was also in charge of the project together with Jerusalem Municipality, declared that his ministry “invests hundreds and millions of shekels annually in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism, and also in the creation of innovative attractions and ventures, that connect the magnificent historical past of our eternal capital with the future.” I encourage all cyclists to come and take a ride along the contemporary, well-maintained road that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

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

“The Kerem Tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the vision to change the concept of transportation across Jerusalem,” Elkin said. נווה פריצקי נווה פריצקי Elkin stated that the new tunnel will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path and will link with existing bike trails. The tunnel will also be made paved in its different areas. This will increase cycling and encourage 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 is a vital tool in achieving the goal of changing Jerusalem’s transportation system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
Road construction, installation , and testing of electrical and safety systems are some of the ongoing works to ensure that the tunnel is secure throughout the year.

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