Neve ParitzkiJerusalem's first cycling tunnel opened in Israel The Kerem Tunnel is a great location to go on a hike or ride. The Kerem Tunnel, Israel's newest bicycle tunnel, has been opened as part the 42-kilometer cycle route which is a loop around the capital.

It connects Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. The 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 officially open the tunnel's 2.1-kilometer-long length.

Jerusalem's glorious past was a reason for it to be an extremely popular tourist spot during the time of its glory. Elkin said that today, apart from its historical treasures it is also home to modern-day travelers. "The inauguration of this tunnel project [is] another element of the development of Jerusalem. The tunnel transforms the city into an attractive destination for tourists of every kind of person in Israel as well as around the world."

The ministry of Elkin, which also headed the project with Jerusalem Municipality, declared that his ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels annually in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism, and also in the creation of new ventures and attractions that connect the magnificent historical past of our eternal capital and its future." I invite the cycling community to take a relaxing and modern route that takes the cyclist through Old Jerusalem.

Around NIS 25 million were put into in the project. It was budgeted by 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.

"The Kerem Tunnel project is the central instrument for achieving the goal to alter the notion of transportation across Jerusalem," Elkin stressed. "The tunnel, which connects to the lengthy Jerusalem Ring Path, will join existing bike routes in the city as well as those that will be paved in its various neighborhoods, in the hope of encouraging cycling among the city's residents as well as its visitors as well as encouraging the green transportation revolution in the capital city."

The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in 1990 to move the main sewers 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 the central instrument to achieve the goal of transforming Jerusalem's transport model. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
Present works include road construction, installation blowers and sophisticated safety equipment to ensure the tunnel is secure for all to use during the entire year.

You can also access the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique recreation areas, such as Ein Kerem, the Biblical aquarium, zoo and Ein Kerem neighborhood.

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