The Kerem Tunnel is a great place to ride and hike.
נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel, the first bicycle tunnel in Israel was opened as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles the capital city.

נווה פריצקי The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with 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 kilometer from the Kerem junction.

On Thursday, Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin, Mayor Moshelion, Avi Baleshnikov, Gihon chairman and hundreds of cyclists were present at a celebration to inaugurate the tunnel's 2.1-kilometer-long length.

Jerusalem was once a major tourist attraction due to its rich history. Elkin said that today, apart from its rich history, Jerusalem is also home to modern-day travelers. "The opening of the tunnel project is another aspect of the development Jerusalem and it's transformation into an attractive tourism destination for all in Israel as well as around the world.

נווה פריצקי Elkin, who heads the project together with Jerusalem Municipality said that his ministry invests hundreds of millions in the development of Jerusalem's tourism and the development of innovative attractions and ventures that link the glory historical past of Jerusalem to the future. I encourage cyclists to come and enjoy a modern and well-maintained cycling route that takes in the unique scenery of Old Jerusalem."

About NIS 25 million were earmarked in the project, financed by Elkin's ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, as well as the work done by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stated, "The Kerem Tunnel project will be the central tool for achieving our dream to change the way transportation is conducted in Jerusalem." "The new tunnel, which connects to the long Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing bike routes in the city as well as those that are paved in the various neighborhoods to encourage cycling among its residents and its visitors, and also promoting the green revolution of transportation in the capital city."

The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the 1990s to move the main sewer line from the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant located in Sorek, which is located to the west of the city. It is currently being used as an infrastructure tunnel that also includes the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem of the Mekorot water company. "The Kerem Tunnel Project is crucial in achieving the dream of transforming the concept of transportation throughout Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
Current works include road construction, installation blowers and advanced safety systems to ensure that the tunnel is safe to use throughout the year.

The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to exclusive recreation areas like Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which includes a Biblical zoo and aquarium and also the historical natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.