Neve ParitzkiJerusalem's first cycle tunnel has been open in Israel

The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience.
The Kerem Tunnel is the first bike tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was inaugurated as a part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles the capital.

It connects Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban and its northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem, about half a mile from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel was officially opened in a ceremony held on Thursday that was attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze'evElkin, Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov as well as hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a tourist attraction due to its rich history. Elkin explained that today, in addition to its historic treasures the tunnel construction project encompasses modern day tourism. "The opening of this tunnel is a further milestone in the advancement of Jerusalem as a tourist destination for all types of tourists throughout Israel as well as around the world."

Elkin, whose ministry was responsible for the project, along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry had invested hundreds of millions of shekels every year in Jerusalem's tourist development as well as in creating new attractions and ventures that connect the stunning historical past with the exciting the future of Jerusalem. I invite you to ride your bicycles on a scenic, well-maintained route that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

About NIS 25 million was invested in the project. It was budgeted by the Elkin's Ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, and the work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stated the fact that "The Kerem Tunnel Project is an essential tool for achieving the dream to change the way we think about transportation throughout Jerusalem." Elkin said that the new tunnel is connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path and will link with existing bike trails. It will also be paved throughout its various neighborhoods. It will also help cyclists and promote green transport in Jerusalem.

נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the late 1990s to relocate the main sewer line from the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant located in Sorek, which is located west of the city and is used today as an infrastructure tunnel that also houses the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem of the Mekorot water company.

"The Kerem tunnel is a key tool to realize the vision to transform Jerusalem's transportation system. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
The current works include road construction, installation of blowers and advanced electrical and safety systems, to ensure the tunnel is safe for people to walk through all year round.

נווה פריצקי Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel provides access to special recreation areas, such as Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the Biblical aquarium and zoo as well as the natural springs of historical significance Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban, and Ein Haniyeh.