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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique adventure in hiking and riding that should be enjoyed by everyone. 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 with Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entry point is located within Refaim Park below Ein Laban. נווה פריצקי While the northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem about half one kilometer from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially opened by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin. נווה פריצקי It was also attended by Mayor Moshelion Avi Balehnikov, Gihon Water Company chairman, as well as hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a popular tourist attraction because of its rich past. Elkin said that today, apart from its historical treasures it is also home to modern-day travelers. “The opening of this tunnel project is another part of the development of the city of Jerusalem as well as its development into a dazzling tourist city for all types of people throughout Israel and throughout the world.”

Elkin, whose ministry was responsible for the project, along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry had invested thousands of shekels each year in the city’s tourism development as well as in creating new ventures and attractions that connect the stunning historic past with the future of Jerusalem. I invite all cyclists to visit and enjoy the new, well-maintained and modern route that takes in the view of Old Jerusalem.

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

Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool for achieving the idea to change the way of thinking and transport throughout Jerusalem. “The new tunnel, which will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect with existing cycle paths within the city, as well as those that are being constructed in its different neighborhoods. It’s designed to encourage cycling among its residents, and promote an environmentally sustainable transportation system in Jerusalem.”

In the late 1990s In the 90s, in the 1990s, Kerem Tunnel was excavated to relocate the main sewer line of Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel and houses the fifth water line which is operated to Jerusalem by the Mekorot water company.

נווה פריצקי “The Kerem tunnel is a key tool to realize the vision to transform Jerusalem’s transportation system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
The works currently underway include road construction, installation of blowers and advanced safety and electrical systems to make the tunnel safe for the public to pass through throughout the year.

נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel provides access to exclusive recreation spots, including Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the Biblical aquarium and zoo as also the historical natural springs Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.