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    The Kerem Tunnel allows for a the most unique riding and hiking experience.

    The Kerem Tunnel is the first bicycle tunnel in Israel and was officially opened in the year 2000 as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route around the capital.

    The tunnel links Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. http://www.news1.co.il/ShowArticles.aspx?docId=156564&subjectId=26&ShowAll=True Its southern entrance is in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban, and the northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem, about half a kilometer close to the Kerem junction.

    The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was inaugurated by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin. http://www.inn.co.il/news/577845 The ceremony was also attended by Mayor Moshelion Avi Balehnikov, Gihon Water Company chairman, as well as hundreds of cyclists.

    Jerusalem was once well-known tourist destination due to its historical past. http://www.bhol.co.il/news/1439018 Elkin stated that, today, apart from its historical treasures it also incorporates modern tourists. “The opening of the tunnel project is another element of the progress of Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourist destination for everyone across Israel and around the world.

    נווה פריצקי Elkin who, through his ministry and the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, stated that his ministry “invests hundreds to millions of shekels annually in the development all aspects Jerusalem’s tourists and in the development and operation of innovative tourist attractions, ventures, and activities which connect the rich past of our eternal city to the future”. I would like to invite cyclists to ride along a a well-maintained, modern cycling route that overlooks the distinctive nature of Old Jerusalem.

    Elkin’s Ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry budgeted the project.

    נווה פריצקי נווה פריצקי Elkin stated the fact that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is a central tool to realize the goal to transform the concept of transportation throughout Jerusalem.” “The tunnel, which will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect with existing cycle paths within the city as well as those that are being constructed in its various neighborhoods. It’s designed to encourage bicycling within the city’s residents and promote an environmentally sustainable transportation system in Jerusalem.”

    The Kerem Tunnel, originally excavated by the Gihon Corporation in the 1990s in order to transfer the main sewer line toward Sorek’s purification plant.

    נווה פריצקי “The Kerem tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the dream of changing the notion of transportation in Jerusalem. ”

    Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon

    The current works include road construction, installation of blowers, as well as advanced security and electrical systems to ensure the tunnel is safe for pedestrians to travel through all year round.

    The Kerem Tunnel provides access to special recreation areas, such as Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the biblical aquarium and zoo , as well the historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban Ein Laban, and Ein Haniyeh.