The Kerem Tunnel allows for a an experience that is unique in terms of hiking and riding.
נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel is the first cycle tunnel in Israel and was officially opened in the year 2000 as a part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route around Jerusalem, the capital city.
The tunnel links Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. The southern entrance is located in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban, and the northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem, about half a kilometer close to the Kerem junction.
The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel was officially opened in a ceremony on Thursday , attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov, and a slew of cyclists.
Jerusalem was a sought-after tourist destination due to its rich and fascinating historical. Elkin said that the present tourism industry is one of Jerusalem’s treasures from the past and incorporates modern day tourism. “The inauguration [of] this tunnel project is another stage in the growth of Jerusalem as a tourism destination for all kinds of tourists in Israel and all over the world.”
Elkin who, through his ministry and the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, stated that his ministry “invests hundreds to millions of shekels per year in the growth of all aspects Jerusalem’s visitors and in the design and operation of new attractions, ventures , and other attractions that connect the glorious history of Jerusalem’s eternal city to its future”. I encourage cyclists to visit and enjoy an up-to-date and well-maintained cycling route that offers a view of the unique scenery of Old Jerusalem.”
The project was funded by Elkin’s ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry. It also included budgets for Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The project was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.
Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project is an crucial tool to realize the vision to change the way of thinking and transport throughout Jerusalem. “The new tunnel will connect to the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will connect with the various cycle paths already in the city. These will be paved within the various areas. The aim is to promote cycling among residents of the city.
The Kerem Tunnel, originally excavated by the Gihon Corporation in the 1990s in order to transfer its main sewer line to the Sorek purification plant.
“The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool for achieving the goal of transforming Jerusalem’s transport model. “
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
Present works include road construction, installation blowers, as well as advanced safety equipment to ensure the tunnel is safe to use all year.
The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreational areas, like Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which includes a Biblical aquarium and zoo as well as ancient natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.