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    The Kerem Tunnel allows for a an experience that is unique in terms of hiking and riding.

    The Kerem Tunnel, the first cycle tunnel in Israel, has been inaugurated as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle path that runs around Jerusalem, the capital city.

    The tunnel runs through the Nahal-Refaim-Emek-Motza route. The tunnel’s southern entry point is located within Refaim Park below Ein Laban. The northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem about half a km from the Kerem junction.

    http://www.news1.co.il/ShowArticles.aspx?docId=459025&subjectId=42&ShowAll=True http://www.israelhayom.co.il/mumlazim/article/13067733 On Thursday, Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin, Mayor Michael, Avi Baleshnikov, Gihon chairman and hundreds of cyclists participated in a ceremony to inaugurate the tunnel’s 2.1-kilometer-long length.

    “In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive tourist destination due to its glorious past. In the present, in addition to its rich history the city also offers modern-day tourism.” Elkin said. “The inauguration of this tunnel project [is] another aspect of the growth of Jerusalem. It makes Jerusalem an attractive tourist destination for all types of audience in Israel and around the world.”

    נווה פריצקי Elkin, whose ministry and the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, said that the Jerusalem Municipality’s ministry “invests hundreds to millions of shekels annually in the development all aspects Jerusalem’s visitors and in the design and operation of new attractions, ventures , and other attractions which connect the rich past of our eternal city to the future”. נווה פריצקי I would like to invite cyclists to join us and take a ride along a modern and well-maintained cycling route that offers a view of the unique scenery of Old Jerusalem.”

    Around NIS 25 million were invested in the project, budgeted by Elkin’s ministry The Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality as well as the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, and the work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

    Elkin stressed the fact that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is an essential tool for achieving the dream to transform the concept of transportation throughout Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel that connects to Jerusalem Ring Path will join the existing bike paths as well as ones that are paved in the neighborhoods. The goal is to promote biking among its residents and promote the green transport revolution in the capital.”

    The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the early 1990s in order to shift the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant located in Sorek It is situated just west of the city. נווה פריצקי jerusalem.mynet.co.il/good_to_know/article/hjnaame11i נווה פריצקי It is used today as an infrastructure tunnel that also houses the fifth water line to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.

    “The Kerem tunnel project is essential to achieving the goal of changing Jerusalem’s transportation system. ”

    Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon

    Construction of roads, the installation and testing of electrical and safety systems are some of the ongoing efforts to make the tunnel safer for all year.

    The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreational areas, such as Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which has a Biblical aquarium and zoo, and ancient natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban. http://www.makorrishon.co.il/mumlazim/523585/