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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique adventure in hiking and riding that is to be loved by everyone. The Kerem Tunnel, the first bicycle tunnel in Israel, has been inaugurated in the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entry point is located in Refaim Park below Ein Laban. נווה פריצקי While the northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem about half one kilometer from the Kerem junction.

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

“In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive city for tourists because of its rich history. Elkin said that today aside from its historical treasures it also incorporates modern tourists. “The opening of this tunnel is another aspect of the expansion of the city of Jerusalem as well as its development into an attractive tourist city for all types of audiences in Israel and around the world.”

The ministry of Elkin, which also in charge of the project together with Jerusalem Municipality, said that the ministry “invests hundreds and millions of shekels annually throughout Jerusalem’s tourism industry and is involved in developing exciting attractions and ventures that connect the magnificent historical time of our capital city with its future.” נווה פריצקי I encourage all cyclists to visit and enjoy the modern, well-maintained route that takes in the view of Old Jerusalem.

A total of NIS 25 million were invested in the project, budgeted by the Elkin’s Ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, and the work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

“The Kerem Tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the goal to alter the notion of transportation across Jerusalem,” Elkin stressed. “The tunnel, which connects to the lengthy Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing bike pathways in the city, as well as the ones that will be laid throughout the city’s neighborhoods to encourage cycling among its residents and its visitors and encouraging the green transportation revolution in Jerusalem.” The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in the year 1990 to relocate the main sewer of Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. The plant is located west of Sorek and is still used as an infrastructure tunnel.

“The Kerem tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the vision to change the concept of transportation throughout Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon

To make the tunnel usable to the public year-round the work includes road construction, as well as installation of blowers.

The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to unique recreation spots – including the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo, aquarium and the and the historical natural springs of Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.