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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience.
נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s first cycle tunnel, was inaugurated as part of Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycle path surrounds Jerusalem.

It connects Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. It is located in southern Israel in Refaim Park. Ein Laban is the closest. Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.

On Thursday, Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin, Mayor Michael, Avi Baleshnikov, Gihon chairman, and hundreds of cyclists participated in a ceremony to officially open the tunnel’s 2.1-kilometer-long length.

Jerusalem was once a popular tourist attraction because of its rich past. Elkin said that the present tourist industry is a part of Jerusalem’s treasures from the past and incorporates modern day tourism. “The opening of the tunnel project is a different aspect of the development Jerusalem as well as its transformation to an attractive tourist destination for all types throughout Israel and around the world.

Elkin’s ministry, which also in charge of the project together with Jerusalem Municipality, stated that his ministry “invests hundreds and millions of shekels annually in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism industry and is involved in developing innovative attractions and ventures, that link the amazing historical time of our capital city with its future.” I encourage all cyclists to take a trip and enjoy the contemporary, well-maintained road which overlooks Old Jerusalem.

The project was funded by Elkin’s ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry. It also included budgets for Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin declared that the Kerem Tunnel project was a key tool in realizing the goal of shifting the idea of transportation in Jerusalem. Elkin said that the new tunnel connects to the Jerusalem Ring Path and will join existing bike routes. It will also be made paved in its different areas. It will also encourage cycling and promote green transport in Jerusalem.

The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in the year 1990 to relocate the main sewers of Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. This plant is west of Sorek and is used today as an infrastructure tunnel.

“The Kerem Tunnel project is the central instrument to achieve the dream of transforming Jerusalem’s transportation model. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon

The work currently in progress includes road construction, the installation of blowers, as well as advanced safety and electrical systems to make the tunnel safe for people to walk through at all times of the year. The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to special recreation areas such as the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo and aquarium as well as the historic natural springs of Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh. נווה פריצקי