Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier Study
|May 17, 2007||Posted by jamie under Activism|
This caught my eye in The Examiner today.
The Golden Gate Bridge officials have set up a web site about the $1.8 million study of the technical feasibility to put up a physical barrier on the bridge to try to prevent suicide jumps. The web site address is www.ggbsuicidebarrier.org. It offers an opportunity for viewers to post comments.
I believe it is a shame that this public agency has been pressured down this road of spending $1.8 million (so far) to try to prevent suicides. Rational people have difficulty grasping the concept that suicidal persons are fairly irrational for whatever reason and will find a means to hurt themselves one way or another (hopefully without hurting others in the process). Just being a pedestrian in this City may be considered suicidal by some with the way drivers and bicyclists ignore the traffic laws, but that’s an entirely different pet peeve of mine.
The Golden Gate Bridge is a wonderful, beautiful structure as is. If money is going to spent on altering the bridge, how about setting up a barrier on the roadway so that vehicles driving in opposing directions do not have head on collisions so easily? How about improving the bicycle and pedestrian access to the bridge? At any rate – I wanted to let you know about the web site provided by this public agency that operates the Golden Gate Bridge. This is way off the map as far as Rincon Hill goes, but I believe the bridge is a tourist attraction and therefore a source of income for the City – making it relevant to all San Franciscans.