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06 October 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a the most unique riding and hiking experience.

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

It connects Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is located below Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance can be located in Nahal Ein Kerem.

The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was inaugurated on Thursday, by Jerusalem and the heritage minister Ze'ev Elkin as well as Moshe Lion, the Mayor. Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon Chairman of Gihon and a plethora of other cyclists were also present.

נווה פריצקי Jerusalem was once a popular tourist attraction because of its rich past. Nowadays, aside from its historical treasures the city also offers modern-day tourism," Elkin said. "The launch of the tunnel project is another part of the development of Jerusalem's city Jerusalem and its transformation into a dazzling tourist destination for all kinds of audiences throughout Israel as well as around the globe."

Elkin's ministry, which was also headed the project in conjunction with Jerusalem Municipality, stated that his ministry "invests hundreds and millions of shekels annually throughout Jerusalem's tourism industry and is involved in developing new ventures and attractions which connect the glorious historic time of our capital city and the future." I invite cycling enthusiasts to join us and take a ride along the modern and well-maintained cycle route that overlooks the special landscape of Old Jerusalem."

The project was funded by the Elkin's Ministry and the Tourism Ministry. It also included the budgets for the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The project was completed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project was a key tool in realizing the goal of shifting the idea of transportation in Jerusalem. "The tunnel, which is connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing cycle paths within the city, as well as the ones that are being constructed in its various areas. It's designed to encourage bicycling within the city's residents and to promote a green transportation revolution in Jerusalem."

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 currently being used as an infrastructure tunnel that also includes the fifth water line to Jerusalem of the Mekorot water company.

"The Kerem Tunnel Project is crucial in achieving the dream to change the way transportation is thought of across Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León

Road construction and installation, as well as blowers, sophisticated safety systems , and electrical wiring are all part of the current works. The tunnel will be safe for the public to use throughout the year.

The Kerem Tunnel provides access to special recreation areas, such as Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the biblical aquarium and zoo , as well the historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban, and Ein Haniyeh.

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