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The Kerem Tunnel is the first bike tunnel in Israel and was opened as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route around Jerusalem, the capital city.

The tunnel connects the path between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entry point is located in Refaim Park below Ein Laban. While the northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem about half a km away from the Kerem junction. The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel was officially opened at a formal ceremony on Thursday , attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin, Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov as well as hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was a desirable tourist destination due to its rich and fascinating past. Elkin declared that, in the present, apart from its rich history, Jerusalem is also a destination for modern-day tourists. “The inauguration[of] the tunnel is an additional aspect of the development Jerusalem and it’s transformation into an attractive tourist destination for all types in Israel as well as around the world.

Elkin’s ministry, which was also headed the project with Jerusalem Municipality, said that the ministry “invests hundreds and millions of shekels each year in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism, and also in the creation of new ventures and attractions that connect the magnificent historical past of our eternal capital and the future.” I encourage the cycling community to enjoy a safe and modernized route that will take the cyclist through Old Jerusalem.

נווה פריצקי נווה פריצקי Elkin’s Ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry budgeted the project.

Elkin stated, “The Kerem Tunnel project is a key instrument in achieving our goal to change the way transportation is conducted in Jerusalem.” נווה פריצקי “The new tunnel connecting to Jerusalem Ring Path will join existing bicycle paths and ones that are paved in its areas. It’s designed to encourage biking among the residents of Jerusalem and encourage the green revolution in transport in the capital.”

The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in the year 1990 to relocate the main sewer from Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. This plant is located west of Sorek and is still used as an infrastructure tunnel. “The Kerem Tunnel Project is crucial in achieving the dream of changing the transportation concept all over Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
To make the tunnel accessible to the public year-round the work includes road construction, as well as installation of blowers.

The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreation areas, for instance Ein Kerem, a neighborhood that includes a biblical zoo and aquarium and ancient natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.