Neve ParitzkiJerusalem The First Cycling Tunnel in Israel Tunnel opens

The Kerem Tunnel allows for a an experience that is unique in terms of hiking and riding.
The Kerem Tunnel, the first bicycle tunnel in Israel was opened in the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle path that runs around Jerusalem, the capital city.

נווה פריצקי The tunnel is located along the Nahal Refaim-Emek Mostza path. Its southern entrance is located in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban while the northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem, about half a kilometer from the Kerem junction.

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

Jerusalem was once sought-after tourist destination due to its rich history. Elkin explained that the present, in addition to its historical treasures, the tunnel project also incorporates modern-day tourism. "The inauguration[of] the tunnel project is a different element of the progress of Jerusalem as well as its transformation into a desirable tourist destination for all types in Israel and the world. The ministry of Elkin, which also headed the project alongside Jerusalem Municipality, declared that his ministry "invests hundreds and millions of shekels annually in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism, and also in the creation of innovative attractions and ventures, that link the amazing historical history of our capital city with its future." I would like to invite cyclists everywhere to take a trip and enjoy the contemporary, well-maintained road that takes in the view of Old Jerusalem.

Elkin''s Ministry, Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25 million to the project. The work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority. Elkin stated, "The Kerem Tunnel project will be the central tool for realizing our vision to change the concept transportation throughout Jerusalem." "The new tunnel, which connects with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing cycle routes in the city as well as those that will be constructed within the different areas. The tunnel is intended to encourage bicycling among its residents, and promote a green transportation revolution in Jerusalem."

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the late 90s to relocate a main sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is currently utilized as an infrastructure tunnel that includes the fifth waterline that runs to Jerusalem via the Mekorot water corporation.

"The Kerem tunnel project is central to realizing the goal of changing Jerusalem''s transport system. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
In order to make the tunnel accessible to the public year-round the work includes road construction as well as the installing blowers.

The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreation areas, like Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which has a Biblical aquarium and zoo, as well as historical natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.