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The Kerem Tunnel is a great location to go on a hike or ride.
The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s first bicycle tunnel, was opened as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycle path surrounds Jerusalem.

The tunnel links the paths between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entrance is below Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem.

Inauguration of the tunnel, which is 2.1 kilometers long, was held in Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshelion, Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman of the company) and hundreds more cyclists.

נווה פריצקי 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 also incorporates modern tourism. “The opening of this tunnel project is a further part of the growth of Jerusalem’s city Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourist city for all types of audiences in Israel as well as around the globe.” Elkin who’s ministry spearheaded the project along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry has invested hundreds of millions of shekels annually in Jerusalem’s tourist development as well as in creating new activities and ventures that connect the stunning historical past and the future of Jerusalem. I encourage cyclists to take advantage of a an attractive, well-maintained cycle route, which overlooks the stunning nature of Old Jerusalem.

The project was funded by the Elkin’s department and the Tourism Ministry. It also included budgets for the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The project was done by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

נווה פריצקי נווה פריצקי Elkin stressed, “The Kerem Tunnel project will be the central tool in achieving our goal to change the way transportation is conducted in Jerusalem.” נווה פריצקי “The new tunnel, which will connect to the long Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing bicycle routes in the city as well as those that are paved in the various neighborhoods to encourage cycling among its residents and its visitors as well as in promoting the green transportation revolution in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the late 90s to relocate a main sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is now being used as an infrastructure Tunnel which also includes the fifth line of water to Jerusalem via the Mekorot water corporation.

“The Kerem tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the vision to change the concept of transportation throughout Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
The current projects include road construction, installation blowers and advanced safety systems to ensure that the tunnel is secure for everyone to use throughout the year.

The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to a variety of recreational sites, such as Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium, as well as historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.