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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a an experience that is unique in terms of hiking and riding.
The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s newest bicycle tunnel, has been inaugurated as part of a 42-kilometer cycle route that is a loop around the capital.

The tunnel links Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entry point can be found within Refaim Park below Ein Laban. נווה פריצקי While the northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem about half an hour from the Kerem junction.

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

Jerusalem was a desirable tourist destination because of its rich and fascinating historical. Elkin explained that the present along with its historic treasures the tunnel construction project includes modern tourism. “The launch (of [this] tunnel project is a further step in the development of Jerusalem as well as the transformation of Jerusalem into a popular city to visit for all kinds of audiences throughout Israel as well as across the globe.” Elkin who, along with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, explained that the ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the development of the tourism industry in Jerusalem and the development of new activities and ventures that connect the glorious historical past of our capital city’s eternal past to its future… I would like to invite cyclists to ride along a a well-maintained, modern cycling route that overlooks the distinctive nature of Old Jerusalem.

נווה פריצקי Around NIS 25 million was put into in the project. It was budgeted by the Elkin’s Ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality as well as the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, with the work carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

נווה פריצקי Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project was a key tool in realizing the dream of shifting the idea of transportation throughout Jerusalem. נווה פריצקי “The new tunnel, which connects to the long Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing bike paths in the city and those that are paved throughout the city’s neighborhoods to encourage cycling among its residents and its visitors as well as promoting the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the 1990s to create the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. נווה פריצקי It is now being used as an infrastructure tunnel which also includes the fifth line of water that runs to Jerusalem via the Mekorot water corporation.

“The Kerem tunnel project is the central instrument for achieving the vision to change the notion of transportation in Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
Road construction, installation and testing of safety and electrical systems are just a few of the ongoing projects to ensure that the tunnel is secure for all 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.