Death-Proofing The Golden Gate

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The Golden Gate bridge, for the deaf, blind and comatose people who haven't noticed, is an icon recognized for its beauty; a symbol of all that is good and wonderful about the Golden State. And it's also most-definitely an engineering triumph. So let's face it, if one's despondent and wants to end it all, why wouldn't one choose to meet one's final fate in view one of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous vistas on the planet, using one of one of man's great engineering feats as a springboard? For years, however, authorities have gone back and forth on how best to prevent folks from using the bridge as the embarkation point for a quick journey to their own personal terminus. Frankly, we say, if they've got the guts to get out there and do it instead of just dumping a bottle of reds into their bellies at home, let 'em go. If barriers must be installed, do not let them ugly up the bridge. Also, all jumpers who clog traffic deciding whether to do so or not should be pushed. Everybody hurts sometimes, but that doesn't mean you have to screw it up for everyone else.


Suicide barrier wind test [SFGate]

The Mighty Bay Bridge [Internal]


Al Navarro

I am so not an advocate of suicide, but I know that if where there's a will, there's always a way. And I second Davey's "Everybody hurts sometimes, but that doesn't mean you have to screw it up for everyone else" sentiment. A girl back in high school jumped off a highway overpass into traffic. I can't recall if anyone else was killed, but I know it caused a pretty large accident. Pills would have been a better option.