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The Kerem Tunnel is a great location to go on a hike or ride.

The Kerem Tunnel is the first bike tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was inaugurated as a part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route around Jerusalem, the capital city. The tunnel links the paths between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The southern entrance is within Refaim Park under Ein Laban. The northern entrance, Nahal Ein Kerem, is approximately half a mile away from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was opened on Thursday by Jerusalem and heritage minister Ze’ev Elkin and Mayor Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon, chairman of Gihon as well as a multitude of cyclists were also in attendance.

Jerusalem was once a tourist attraction because of its rich past. Elkin explained that the modern tourism industry is an integral part of Jerusalem’s treasures from the past and also incorporates modern tourism. “The opening of this tunnel project [is] another part in the development Jerusalem. The tunnel transforms the city into an attractive destination for tourists of all types of audience within Israel as well as around the world.”

נווה פריצקי Elkin who’s ministry in charge of the project with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry invested hundreds of millions of shekels every year in Jerusalem’s tourist development and also in the creation of new ventures and attractions that connect the stunning historic past with the future of Jerusalem. I invite the cycling community to take a relaxing and modernized route that will take the cyclist through Old Jerusalem.נווה-פריצקיJerusalem-The-First-Cycling-Tunnel-in-Israel-Tunnel-opens-10-08 Elkin’s Ministry Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25,000,000 for the project. The project was executed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

“The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the idea to transform the idea of transportation throughout Jerusalem,” Elkin emphasized. “The new tunnel will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path. נווה פריצקי It will be connected to the many cycle paths already within the city. נווה פריצקי They will be laid within the numerous neighborhoods. The goal is to promote cyclists in the city.

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the late 90s to relocate a main sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. נווה פריצקי It is currently used as an infrastructure Tunnel which also includes the fifth line of water to Jerusalem via the Mekorot water corporation.

“The Kerem tunnel is a crucial tool for achieving the vision to transform Jerusalem’s transportation system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
The current works include road construction, installation of blowers, as well as advanced security and electrical systems to ensure the tunnel is safe for people to walk through throughout the year.

It is also possible to use the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique places to relax, such as Ein Kerem, the Biblical Zoo, aquarium, and the Ein Kerem neighborhood.