Jerome Kersey, the local basketball hero who died last week at age 52, has been granted one of Portland’s highest honors:
Kersey played with the Blazers for 11 years following his 1984 draft, forming part of the team’s core in its strong years of the late 1980s and early 1990s. He played more games for the franchise than anyone except his teammate Clyde Drexler.
Kersey’s death last week at his home in Tualatin, of a pulmonary embolism, shocked family, friends and fans alike. As far as we know, it’s only the second time one of Portland’s famous bike lane decorations has been dedicated to a particular person.
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is responsible for this artistic bike lane addition. Maintenance crews perform the work on their own time using leftover materials that would otherwise be thrown away.
As longtime Blazers fans here at BikePortland, we’re happy to see PBOT commemorate a Portland character worth remembering. We also look forward to rolling down this bike lane at Blazers Bike Night coming up April 8th!
To get your own photo of the Jerome Kersey Bike Lane (if taking selfies, use caution since this is an active travel lane), roll over to NE Multnomah Blvd, just west of Wheeler Ave in front of the steps at the south end of the Moda Center.
Hat tip to Aaron Brown for the above lede.