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The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s first cycle tunnel, was inaugurated as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycle path surrounds Jerusalem.

The tunnel connects the path between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is in Refaim Park under Ein Laban. The northern entry, Nahal Ein Kerem, is approximately half a mile away from the Nahal Ein Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was inaugurated by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin. It was also attended by Mayor Moshelion, Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company Chairman, and many cyclists. Jerusalem was once a major tourist attraction because of its rich history. Elkin stated that the current tourism industry is one of Jerusalem’s treasures from the past and incorporates modern day tourism. “The inauguration[of] the tunnel project is another aspect of the development Jerusalem and its transformation to an attractive tourism destination for all across Israel and the world.

Elkin, whose ministry together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, explained that his ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the development of all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism and in the creation of new activities and ventures that connect the fascinating history of our eternal capital to the future of Jerusalem… I invite the cycling community to ride a secure and modern-day route that takes you through Old Jerusalem.

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

“The Kerem Tunnel project is the central instrument for achieving the vision to transform the idea of transportation across Jerusalem,” Elkin stressed. “The new tunnel connecting to the Jerusalem Ring Path will join existing paths for bicycles and those that will paved in the neighborhoods. It is intended to encourage cycling within the city’s residents and to promote the green transport revolution 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 It is situated west of the city and is currently being used as an infrastructure tunnel that also houses the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company. נווה פריצקי “The Kerem tunnel is a key tool to realize the goal of changing Jerusalem’s transportation system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
To make the tunnel accessible to the general public throughout the year, the works include road construction, as well as installing blowers.

The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to exclusive recreation areas for instance Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which includes a Biblical aquarium and zoo and also the historical natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.