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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a an experience that is unique in terms of hiking and riding.
The Kerem Tunnel is the first bicycle tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was officially opened in the year 2000 as part the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route around Jerusalem, the capital city.
The tunnel links the paths between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The southern entrance of the tunnel is beneath Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance can be located in Nahal Ein Kerem.
Inauguration of the tunnel, which is 2.1 kilometers long, was held 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 was once a tourist attraction because of its rich history. נווה פריצקי Elkin explained that nowadays, in addition to its historic treasures the tunnel project encompasses modern day tourism. “The inauguration (of this tunnel project) is a further step in the expansion of Jerusalem as well as its transformation into a desirable tourist city for all sorts of visitors in Israel and around the world.”
Elkin, whose ministry was spearheaded the project along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry has invested hundreds of millions of shekels annually in the city’s tourism development as well as in creating new activities and ventures which will link the amazing historical past with the exciting the future of Jerusalem. I invite all cyclists to come and take a ride along the modern, well-maintained route that overlooks Old Jerusalem.
Elkin’s Ministry Elkin’s Ministry Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality as well as the Gihon Corporation all contributed to the project. The Jerusalem Development Authority completed the work.
Elkin stated the fact that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is the central instrument to achieve the goal to redefine the idea of transport throughout Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel, which is connected to the lengthy Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing bike paths in the city and those that will be paved in its various neighborhoods, with the aim of encouraging cycling among its residents and its visitors, and also promoting the green transportation revolution in Jerusalem.”
In the 90s, the Kerem Tunnel was excavated to transfer the main sewer line of Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is now utilized as an infrastructure tunnel. It is also home to the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem by the Mekorot water company.
“The Kerem Tunnel project is the central instrument to achieve the vision of transforming Jerusalem’s transport model. ”
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
In order to make the tunnel accessible to the public all year round, the works include road construction, as well as installing blowers.
The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to many recreation sites, including Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium, as well historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.