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The Kerem Tunnel is a great location to go on a hike or ride.
נווה פריצקי נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel, the first bicycle tunnel in Israel was opened as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route that surrounds Jerusalem, the capital city.

נווה פריצקי The tunnel is a link between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entrance is beneath Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem.

The opening ceremony of the tunnel which measures 2.1 kilometers long took place in Jerusalem and the Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin, Mayor Moshelion and Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman) as well as a plethora of cyclists.

Jerusalem’s rich past was the main reason that it was an extremely popular tourist spot in the past. Elkin stated that, in addition to its historical treasures and modern amenities, tourism has also been incorporated into Jerusalem’s city. “The launch (of the tunnel) is an additional part of the expansion of Jerusalem, and it’s transformation into a sought-after city to visit for all kinds of audiences in Israel as well as around the globe.” The ministry of Elkin, which also headed the project alongside Jerusalem Municipality, said that the ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels annually in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism industry and is involved in developing new ventures and attractions that connect the magnificent historical history of our capital city with the future.” I invite you to ride your bicycles on a scenic maintained, well-maintained path that looks out over Old Jerusalem. Around NIS 25 million was put into in the project, financed by Elkin’s ministry, 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.

Elkin stressed, “The Kerem Tunnel project is a key instrument for realizing our vision to change the concept transportation throughout Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel connecting to Jerusalem Ring Path will join the existing bike paths as well as ones that are paved in the neighborhoods. It’s designed to encourage biking within the city’s residents and to promote the green revolution in transport in the capital.”

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 important tool in realizing the dream to change the way transportation is thought of all over Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
Present projects include road construction, installation blowers and advanced safety equipment to ensure the tunnel is secure to use all year.

The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to a variety of recreation sites, including Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium, and also historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.