• Martens Rindom posted an update 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique ride and hiking experience that is to be enjoyed by all.

    The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s first cycle tunnel, was inaugurated as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycle path surrounds Jerusalem.

    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.

    The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially inaugurated by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin. It was also attended by Mayor Moshelion Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company chairman, and hundreds of cyclists.

    Jerusalem was once a very sought-after tourist destination due to its rich history. Elkin said that today, apart from its rich history, Jerusalem also incorporates modern tourists. “The inauguration [of] this tunnel is a further step in the development of Jerusalem as an attractive tourist destination for all types of people in Israel and all over the world.”

    Elkin his ministry, which responsible for the project, along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry invested hundreds of millions of shekels each year in the development of Jerusalem’s tourism and in the development of new ventures and attractions that will connect the magnificent historic past with the future of Jerusalem. I invite cyclists to enjoy an attractive, well-maintained cycling route that overlooks the distinctive scenery of Old Jerusalem.

    Elkin’s Ministry Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25,000,000 to the project. The project was executed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

    Elkin stated the fact that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is a central tool to realize the vision to redefine the idea of transport throughout Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel, which is connected to the lengthy Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing bicycle pathways in the city, as well as the ones that will be laid in the various neighborhoods with the aim of encouraging cycling among its residents and its visitors as well as encouraging the green transportation revolution in the capital city.”

    נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in 1990 in order to transfer the main sewer of Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. This plant is west of Sorek and is used today as an infrastructure tunnel.

    “The Kerem tunnel project is crucial to realize the vision for changing Jerusalem’s transport system. ”

    Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon

    Road construction, installation and testing of electrical and safety systems are some of the ongoing works to ensure that the tunnel is secure for all seasons.

    There is also the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique recreation spots, including Ein Kerem, the Biblical aquarium, zoo and Ein Kerem neighborhood.