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The Kerem Tunnel is the first bike tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was officially opened in the year 2000 as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route around Jerusalem, the capital city.

It connects Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entrance is beneath Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem.

The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially opened by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister ZeevElkin. The ceremony was also attended by Mayor Moshelion, Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company chairman, and hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem’s rich past was the main reason that it was an extremely popular tourist destination during the time of its glory. Today, apart from its historic treasures the city also offers modern-day tourism.” Elkin said. “The opening of this tunnel project is yet another stage in the growth of Jerusalem as an attractive tourist destination for all types of tourists throughout Israel and all over the world.”

Elkin who’s ministry spearheaded the project along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry had invested thousands of shekels annually in the development of Jerusalem’s tourism and also in the creation of new ventures and attractions which will link the amazing historical past and future of Jerusalem. I encourage cyclists to take advantage of a the modern, well-maintained cycling route overlooking the unique nature of Old Jerusalem.

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

נווה פריצקי Elkin explained that the Kerem Tunnel project is an crucial tool to realize the vision to change the way of thinking and transport in Jerusalem. “The tunnel, which is connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing cycle routes within the city, as well as the ones that will be constructed within the different areas. It is designed to encourage bicycle riding within the city’s residents and also to encourage a green transportation revolution in Jerusalem.”

נווה פריצקי נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the 1990s to move the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant in Sorek It is situated just west of the city. It is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel that also includes the fifth water line to Jerusalem of the Mekorot water company. “The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool for achieving the dream of transforming Jerusalem’s transportation model. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
Construction of roads, the installation and testing of electrical and safety systems are some of the ongoing works to make the tunnel safer for all seasons.

The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to special recreation areas which include the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo and aquarium, as well as the historic natural springs in Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.