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The Kerem Tunnel offers a unique trail and riding experience to the enjoyment ofThe Kerem Tunnel is the first cycle tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was officially opened in the year 2000 as part the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle path that runs around the capital.The tunnel is located through the Nahal-Refaim-Emek-Motza route. It has a southern entrance in Refaim Park. Ein Laban is the closest. Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance.The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel project was officially inaugurated during a celebration held on Thursday that was attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze'ev Elkin, Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov as well as hundreds of cyclists.Jerusalem was a desirable tourist destination due to its rich and fascinating history. Elkin added that in addition to its historic treasures the modern tourist industry is integrated into Jerusalem's city. "The inauguration (of [this] tunnel project is an additional part of the development of Jerusalem, and the transformation of Jerusalem into a popular tourist destination for all kinds of audiences in Israel and around the globe."Elkin his ministry, which together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, said the ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year to develop Jerusalem's tourism in all its aspects and also in the development of innovative attractions and ventures that connect the glorious historical past of our capital city to the future of Jerusalem... I invite cycling enthusiasts to come and enjoy the modern and well-maintained cycle route that takes in the unique landscape of Old Jerusalem." The project was financed by Elkin's ministry and the Tourism Ministry. It also included budgets for Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.Elkin stressed that "The Kerem Tunnel Project is the central instrument to achieve the dream to change the way we think about transport in Jerusalem." Elkin explained that the proposed tunnel will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path and will link with existing bike trails. The tunnel will also be made paved in its different areas. It will also help cyclists and promote green transportation in the capital.The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the late 90s to relocate the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is now being utilized as an infrastructure tunnel that includes the fifth waterline that runs to Jerusalem via the Mekorot water corporation."The Kerem tunnel project is essential to achieving the vision for changing Jerusalem's transport system. "Jerusalem Mayor Moshe LeónConstruction of roads and installation, as well as blowers, advanced safety systems , and electrical wiring are all part and parcel of the current works. The tunnel is safe for the people to use all year.The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to special recreation areas such as the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo and aquarium along with the historic natural springs of Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.