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  • Carlsson Westergaard posted an update 5 days, 3 hours ago

    The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique adventure in hiking and riding that is to be enjoyed by all.

    נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s first bike tunnel, opened as part of Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycle path surrounds Jerusalem.

    נווה פריצקי The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is within Refaim Park under Ein Laban. The northern entrance, Nahal Ein Kerem, is just half a kilometer away from the Kerem junction.

    On Thursday, Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin and Mayor Moshelion, Avi Baleshnikov, Gihon chairman and hundreds of cyclists attended a ceremony to mark the opening of the tunnel’s 2.1-kilometer-long length.

    Jerusalem was once a tourist attraction due to its rich history. Elkin stated that, today in addition to its historical treasures it is also home to modern-day travelers. “The opening of this tunnel project is another step in the development of Jerusalem as a tourism destination for all kinds of travelers throughout Israel and all over the world.”

    Elkin’s ministry, which also headed the project alongside Jerusalem Municipality, said that the ministry “invests hundreds and millions of shekels annually in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism, and also in the creation of exciting attractions and ventures which connect the glorious historic history of our capital city and the future.” I invite you to ride your bicycles along a stunning and well-maintained road that overlooks 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.

    Elkin explained that the Kerem Tunnel project is an crucial tool to realize the goal to change the way of thinking and transport in Jerusalem. “The new tunnel will be connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will be connected to the many bicycle paths that are already in the city. The paths will be paved throughout the city’s diverse areas. The aim is to promote cycling among the residents of Jerusalem.

    In the late 1990s In the 90s, the Kerem Tunnel was excavated to transfer the main sewer line from Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is now used as an infrastructure tunnel and houses the fifth water line which is operated to Jerusalem by the Mekorot water company.

    “The Kerem Tunnel project is a central tool to realize the goal of transforming Jerusalem’s transportation model. ”

    Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon

    In order to make the tunnel accessible to the general public throughout the year, the works include road construction and installing blowers.

    נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel provides access to exclusive recreation spots, including Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the Biblical aquarium and zoo as well the historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban Ein Laban, and Ein Haniyeh. נווה פריצקי