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The Kerem Tunnel is the first bicycle tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was inaugurated as part the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route around Jerusalem, the capital city.
The tunnel runs along the Nahal Refaim-Emek Mostza route. Its southern entrance is in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban while the northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem, about one kilometer away close to the Kerem junction.
On Thursday, Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin, Mayor Moshelion, Avi Baleshnikov, Gihon chairman, and a slew of cyclists participated in a ceremony to inaugurate the tunnel’s 2.1-kilometer-long length.
“In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive tourist city because of its rich history. נווה פריצקי Elkin stated that, in addition to its historical treasures and modern amenities, tourism has also been integrated into the Jerusalem city. נווה פריצקי “The launch of the tunnel project is a different element of the development of Jerusalem. The tunnel transforms Jerusalem into an attractive tourist destination for any kind of crowd within Israel, and worldwide.”
נווה פריצקי Elkin his ministry, which together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, said his ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the development of Jerusalem’s tourism in all its aspects and the development of exciting activities and ventures that connect the glorious historical past of our capital city’s eternal past to the future of Jerusalem… I would like to invite you to ride your bicycles along a stunning, well-maintained route that overlooks Old Jerusalem.
Around NIS 25 million were earmarked in the project, financed by the Elkin’s Ministry The Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality and 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 goal of changing the concept for transportation throughout Jerusalem. נווה פריצקי “The tunnel, which is being constructed to connect to Jerusalem Ring Path will join existing paths for bicycles and those that will paved in its areas. It is intended to encourage biking among the residents of Jerusalem and encourage the green transport revolution in the capital.”
The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the 1990s to create an important sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is now being used as an infrastructure tunnel which includes the fifth waterline that runs to Jerusalem via the Mekorot water corporation.
“The Kerem tunnel is a crucial tool for achieving the goal of changing Jerusalem’s transportation system. “
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
To make the tunnel accessible to the public all year round The works comprise road construction, as well as installation of blowers.
The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to a variety of places to relax, including Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium and also historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.