The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6lwMSJfGow The Kerem Tunnel, the first cycle tunnel in Israel is now open as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route that surrounds the capital city.
The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. It has a southern entrance located in Refaim Park. Ein Laban is the closest. Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.
Inauguration of the tunnel, which is 2.1 kilometers long took place in Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshelion, Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman) along with hundreds of cyclists.
"In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive tourist destination due to its rich past. Elkin stated that nowadays, in addition to its rich history the tunnel construction project includes modern tourism. https://www.israelhayom.co.il/mumlazim/article/13057097 "The launch of the tunnel is an additional aspect of the growth of Jerusalem and its transformation to an attractive tourist destination for everyone across Israel as well as around the world.
Elkin, whose ministry together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, said the ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year to develop Jerusalem's tourism in all its aspects and in the creation of exciting attractions and ventures that connect the rich history of our capital city's eternal past to the future of Jerusalem... נווה פריצקי I would like to invite cyclists to ride along a an attractive, well-maintained cycle route, which overlooks the stunning nature of Old Jerusalem.
The project was funded by the Elkin's Ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry. It also included budgets for Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The work was completed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.
נווה פריצקי Elkin stated the fact that "The Kerem Tunnel Project is a central tool to realize the dream to change the way we think about transportation throughout Jerusalem." "The new tunnel, which is connected to the lengthy Jerusalem Ring Path, will join existing bike routes in the city as well as those that will be paved in the various neighborhoods to encourage cycling among its residents and its visitors as well as in promoting the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem."
נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in the year 1990 to relocate the main sewer of Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. The plant is located west of Sorek and is still used as an infrastructure tunnel.
"The Kerem Tunnel Project is crucial in achieving the dream to change the way transportation is thought of across Jerusalem. "
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
The current works include road construction, the installation of blowers and advanced electrical and safety systems, to ensure the tunnel is safe for people to walk through all year round.
The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to many recreational sites, such as Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium and also historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.