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The Kerem Tunnel is a great spot to hike and ride.
The Kerem Tunnel, the first bicycle tunnel in Israel was opened in the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles the capital city.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is located beneath Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance is found in Nahal Ein Kerem.

נווה פריצקי The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially opened by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister ZeevElkin. It was also attended by Mayor Moshelion Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company Chairman, and many cyclists.

Jerusalem was once very sought-after tourist destination due to its historical past. Elkin declared that, in the present aside from its rich history, Jerusalem is also home to modern-day travelers. “The launch of the tunnel project is yet another stage in the growth of Jerusalem as an attractive tourist destination for all types of travelers in 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 thousands of shekels every year in the city’s tourism development and also in the creation of new attractions and ventures that connect the stunning historic past with the future of Jerusalem. I encourage you to take your bicycles on a scenic and well-maintained road that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

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

Elkin said that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is the central instrument to achieve the goal to transform the concept of transport in Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel, which connects to the long Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing bicycle pathways in the city, as well as those that will be paved throughout the city’s neighborhoods to encourage cycling among its residents and its visitors and in promoting the green transportation revolution in the capital city.” In the 90s, in the 1990s, Kerem Tunnel was excavated to transfer the main sewer line of Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is now used as an infrastructure tunnel. It is also home to the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem by the Mekorot water company.

“The Kerem tunnel project is central to realizing the goal of changing Jerusalem’s transportation system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
To make the tunnel usable to the public year-round, the works include road construction as well as the installing blowers.

The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreational areas, for instance Ein Kerem, a neighborhood that includes a biblical aquarium and zoo and also the historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.