No Suicide Barrier But a Net Will Do

Golden Gate Bridge officials approve suicide net

It is not a suicide barrier but officials hope a net will keep jumpers from leaning over the edge of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Golden Gate Bridge officials have voted to hang a stainless steel net below the iconic span to stop suicides.

The Golden Gate Transportation District's board of directors voted 16-1 for the net option Friday after considering several other methods to stop people from jumping off the world-famous bridge.
Officials estimate the steel net will cost between $40 million and $50 million. The suicide prevention net will require an environmental review and further study before installation.
Officials say about 20 people jump from the span every year, but 38 jumped last year and 19 have jumped so far this year.

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