Golden Gate Bridge to Get Suicide Net

San Francisco’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission has approved $5 million for the design of a suicide barrier for the Golden Gate Bridge.

It is believed that more than 1,300 people have committed suicide by climbing over the four-foot-high railing on the bridge and jumped more than 200 feet to the bay below.

From the New York Times:

For 73 years, people have poured onto the picturesque red-colored span of the Golden Gate Bridge to take pictures, ride bicycles, commute and, in close to two dozen cases each year, to jump to their deaths, an act transportation officials moved to stop Wednesday by authorizing money for a suicide barrier.

“Having a deterrent on a structure like the Golden Gate Bridge, that has a singular attraction to people who want to jump, is crucial,” said John Brooks, whose 17-year-old daughter Casey leapt to her death in January 2008. “Just by giving someone a few seconds to rethink things makes the odds better that they won’t go through with it.”

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2 Comments on “Golden Gate Bridge to Get Suicide Net”

  1. zelda Says:

    Uh……why now? Was there a problem getting funding during those 75 years? Just asking.

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