July 16, 2024

After greater than a decade since officers authorised the challenge, suicide-prevention boundaries have now been efficiently put in on each side of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

The suicide barrier, known as “the online,” now spans the whole 1.7-miles of the bridge on each its east and west sides, securing roughly 95% of the bridge, whereas within the remaining sections, vertical fencing has been put in on account of development and design elements, the Golden Gate Bridge Freeway and Transportation District stated in a press launch Wednesday.

“The aim of the online is to scale back the variety of accidents and deaths related to people leaping off the Bridge. The web is a confirmed design that deters folks from leaping, serves as a logo of care and hope to despondent people, and, if crucial, gives folks a second probability,” the press launch learn. 

On common, the district data over 30 deaths yearly from folks leaping off the bridge. Nevertheless, in 2023, whereas the online was nonetheless beneath development, 14 folks jumped to their deaths. This considerably decreased the common variety of suicides by greater than half, showcasing the online’s impression in stopping deaths, regardless of some folks in search of out the remaining gaps the place the online had not but been put in.

Because it opened in 1937, round 2,000 folks have jumped to their deaths from the bridge. Nevertheless, as not all jumps are witnessed and never all our bodies are discovered, the precise quantity may very well be greater.

Metropolis officers authorised the challenge greater than a decade in the past, and in 2018, work started on putting in the online, which consists of marine-grade stainless-steel netting positioned 20 toes beneath the sidewalks and lengthening 20 toes over the water.


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