GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE?
The Golden Gate Bridge is recognized around the world as a graceful,
elegant entryway, welcoming the world to the extraordinary bays of Marin
and San Francisco. How ironic that it is also the worlds leading site for
self-destruction. As almost anyone living in the Bay Area knows, people kill themselves in
large numbers by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Though the official tally is
between 1,100 and 1,200, this includes only those whose bodies have been
recovered. The real number of
people who jump from the bridge far exceeds this “official” total.
There are four main criteria that a suicide barrier
must meet. First, it must not
impair the beauty and scenic views from the bridge; second, it must meet
engineering standards and not damage the structural integrity of the
bridge; third, it must be affordable; and finally, it must effectively
prevent suicides. The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation
District Board of Directors is responsible for policy and fiscal issues
related to the Bridge. After decades of inaction, the board supported the
implementation of a suicide patrol suicide last April.
At a recent meeting of the Bridge Board, members voted to contract with a
Danville fencing company to design and test a prototype of a suicide
deterrent system barrier. This
development reflects a significant commitment on the part of the board to
seriously examine a more effective alternative to prevent suicide. As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge,
it is out hope that the Bridge will become a beacon of light and life, and
not a Mecca for death. If you believe that it’s time for action now
please join our coalition to prevent suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge.