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The Kerem Tunnel, the first bicycle tunnel in Israel, has been inaugurated in the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle path that runs around Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city.

The tunnel is located through the Nahal-Refaim-Emek-Motza route. Its southern entrance is in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban and its northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem, about one kilometer away close to the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was officially opened on Thursday by Jerusalem and heritage minister Ze’ev Elkin as well as Mayor Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon the chairman of Gihon as well as a multitude of cyclists also attended. Jerusalem was once very sought-after tourist destination due to its rich history. Elkin said that apart from its historical treasures, modern tourism is also integrated into Jerusalem’s city. “The opening of this tunnel project is yet another milestone in the advancement of Jerusalem as an attractive tourist destination for all types of tourists from Israel as well as around the world.”

The ministry of Elkin, which also in charge of the project together alongside Jerusalem Municipality, said that the ministry “invests hundreds and millions of shekels each year in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism industry and is involved in developing exciting attractions and ventures that link the amazing historical time of our capital city with the future.” I invite the cycling community to enjoy a safe and modernized route that will take the cyclist through Old Jerusalem. The project was funded by Elkin’s ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry. It also included the budgets for the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The work was done by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

“The Kerem Tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the vision to alter the notion of transportation throughout Jerusalem,” Elkin stressed. “The new tunnel, which will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect with existing cycle paths within the city, and are being constructed in its different areas. The tunnel is intended to encourage bicycling within the city’s residents and to promote an environmentally sustainable transportation system in Jerusalem.”

In the 90s, the Kerem Tunnel was excavated to relocate the main sewer line from Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is now used as an infrastructure tunnel and also houses the fifth water line to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.

“The Kerem tunnel project is the central instrument for achieving the dream of changing the concept of transportation throughout Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
The current works include road construction, the installation of blowers and advanced security and electrical systems in order to ensure that the tunnel is secure for pedestrians to travel through at all times of the year.

Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreation areas, such as Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which has a Biblical aquarium and zoo, and also the historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.