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The Kerem Tunnel is a great spot to hike and ride.
The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s first bike tunnel, opened as part of Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycling route surrounds Jerusalem.

It links Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. The southern entrance of the tunnel is below Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem.

The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was officially opened on Thursday, by Jerusalem and the heritage minister Ze’ev Elkin as well as Mayor Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon the chairman of Gihon, and hundreds other cyclists also attended.

The city’s rich history was a reason that it was an extremely popular tourist spot during the time of its glory. Nowadays, aside from its historic treasures the city also offers modern tourism.” Elkin said. “The opening (of this tunnel project) is a further step in the growth of Jerusalem as well as it’s transformation into a sought-after city to visit for all kinds of audiences throughout Israel and around the world.”

Elkin who, through his ministry and the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, said that the Jerusalem Municipality’s ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels annually to develop all aspects of Jerusalem’s visitors and in the creation and operation of exciting attractions, ventures , and other attractions which connect the rich past of Jerusalem to its future”. I invite cyclists to enjoy a well-maintained, modern cycle route, which overlooks the stunning landscape of Old Jerusalem. Elkin’s Ministry Elkin’s Ministry, the Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation all contributed to the project. The Jerusalem Development Authority completed the work.

נווה פריצקי Elkin said, “The Kerem Tunnel project will be a central instrument for realizing our vision to change the way transportation is conducted in Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel will be connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will link to the numerous bicycle paths that are already within the city. They will be laid in its numerous neighborhoods. The goal is to encourage cyclists in Jerusalem.

The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the 1990s to move the main sewer line from the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant located in Sorek, which is located to the west of the city. It is used today as an infrastructure tunnel that includes the fifth water line to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.

נווה פריצקי “The Kerem tunnel project is the central instrument for achieving the goal of changing the concept of transportation throughout Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
The current work includes road construction, installation blowers, as well as advanced safety equipment to ensure the tunnel is secure for all to use during the entire year.

The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to unique recreation spots such as the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo and aquarium, as well as the historic natural springs of Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.