Suicide barrier for Golden Gate Bridge OK’d by board

The board that oversees the Golden Gate Bridge has voted in favor of installing a safety net to deter people from

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

committing suicide by jumping off the bridge, according to its web site.

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District voted 14-1 on Friday, Oct. 10 in favor of the net, one of several ideas proposed to deter suicides. While the vote means the district has selected the net as its preferred alternative, several layers of environmental review are required before anything is installed on the iconic bridge linking San Francisco to Marin County. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission also would be required to include the project in its plans.

The statement on the Bridge District’s site is nearly unintelligible bureaucratic gibberish, but if you want to wade through the alphabet soup, read the official statement here.

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