The Water Cooler – Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier

June 25, 2014 12:00 pm · 32 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

On Tuesday, we posted a story regarding a $76 million funding plan for a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Do you think a suicide barrier on the bridge will keep people from committing suicide?

Talk about it….

The Closer June 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Maybe there, but there are other bridges and a million ways to die.

Barbara June 25, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Of course not, jumping off any bridge is not the only way!

The Mamba June 25, 2014 at 12:14 PM

No, a barrier on a bridge will not stop someone in pain from finding a way, it will just shift the problem elsewhere. And I really hope that isn’t jumping in front of BART, as someone suggested. Because they can barely run on time as it is.

Dr. Doc, PHD June 25, 2014 at 12:31 PM

The suicide “barrier” took nearly 25 years to get funded. Government (and special districts) and “environmentalists” at oen of their stupidest endeavors.

Suicide is for cowards.

Sacto Rob June 25, 2014 at 12:31 PM

So one part of California government is trying to prevent suicides, while another is trying to make assisted suicide legal. Got it.

I'm just saying.... June 25, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Heck no! Why stop them..if they want to jump, let them jump!

anon June 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM

No, it doesn’t make a difference when people are that depressed.

John June 25, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Will not stop suicides. Now they will step in front of cars on the bridge.

My thought June 25, 2014 at 12:56 PM

plagiarized from a post yesterday, install a diving board.

Better yet, install a plank. Charge $5 to use the plank. Post a sign tell people that if they avoid the plank they can go to jail.

Soon, there will be protesters all over the place complaining that the plank costs to much and that the plank should be a government subsidy for many and free for the LTBG crowd.

Once the government get involved the plank will need to be shut down for a couple of years to make improvements such as none skid surfaces, rest rooms, lighting, security scanners, cameras, guards, access for wheel chairs as well as the blind and a defibrillator.

Phoenyx June 25, 2014 at 12:58 PM

No. It seems going out to the Golden Gate Bridge is hardly a spur of the moment decision to kill yourself. You have to get there, so it requires planning. If someone is going to put that much thought into dying, they’ll plan another destination.

It is too bad that money can’t be used for mental health programs and other ways of promoting suicide prevention.

When someone commits suicide it leaves an incredible hole in the lives of those left behind… along with feelings of guilt, abandonment, anger, sadness… because that person saw no other way out.

RealityCheck June 25, 2014 at 1:09 PM

It is a huge waste of money. These politicians are base-line IQ, pandering mouth-breathers. Any moron can see the idiocy in this barrier.

Here is why the barrier is being installed now June 25, 2014 at 1:26 PM

The grandson of an advocate for a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge reportedly jumped to his death from the iconic span Thursday afternoon.

Sean Moylan, 27, of Novato was the grandson of former bridge district director John Moylan, 86, who was board president in 2008 when officials moved forward with a then-controversial suicide barrier plan, the Marin Independent Journal reported.

Anon777 June 25, 2014 at 1:27 PM

No. Huge waste of money. Stop them from jumping and they’ll get pissed off, go get a gun and proceed to shoot a bunch of people because they couldn’t jump off the bridge.

Oh sure June 25, 2014 at 1:31 PM

It will absolutely curb any chance of suicides, much like banning guns will stop all violent crime.

Who are these idiots and who voted for them?

Anon2you June 25, 2014 at 1:32 PM

They should just ban all bridges…

PO'd June 25, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Goodbye Golden Gate Bridge, hello BART tracks.

Idiocracy June 25, 2014 at 1:40 PM

76 million? Let em jump give us our tax money back you pirates

RANDOM TASK June 25, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Again another attempt for the politicians to fleece tax payer and bridge toll money……do you really think the bay bridge cost that much extra no they stretched it out to increase their pockets this so called 76million lol for a fence will balloon into 2 billion and a tax increase for a limited time they will say and then like with the 24 tunnel addition oh yeah that tax well we will keep it on going to support other coffers. Taxes from the beginning were a temporary solution the gov put on us then the politicians got wind and decided to get theirs. This is all political and you watch schools will be on the block come next year ….for a small increase you too can save the schools and keep the fleecing alive …….grats lemmings…you WIN …rejoice

WC June 25, 2014 at 1:54 PM

$76 Million will be $180M in a couple years, the maintenance. I will ‘prevent’ us from spending the money on more useful things / services.

PH Neighbor June 25, 2014 at 1:59 PM

No, huge waste of $‼️

NoSuicideWNStop June 25, 2014 at 2:08 PM

No. Suicide will not stop. A suicide barrier on the bridge is a waste of $. The bridge isn’t the only place a person can commit suicide. If people want to kill themselves they will find a way.

Darwin June 25, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Jump! 1984 Van Halen

Me June 25, 2014 at 2:31 PM

So I read the comments. Not one person is for this barrier or the finances that go with it. I agree as well. So that’s a very clear answer.

Now, $73 million to education…. Wait, it would be a waste of money to educate our children. If they were smart they might be able to recognize and get help for depression before they committed suicide…and then we’d have an over population problem and need more funding for schools. Geesh, what was I thinking.

Mark June 25, 2014 at 2:40 PM

They should make a designated jumping zone and anyone who jumps outside the zone faces heavy fines.

foonman June 25, 2014 at 2:47 PM

No…..waste of money…..could be put to the national debt…………

PHILTHYphresh June 25, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Put that money into education and outreach programs. Suicide barriers don’t identify developmental and mental health issues. They don’t help treat or educate individuals and children who, for reasons otherwise misunderstood, feel there’s no way, or that there is no one there for them. No gun control or suicide barriers will resolve social issues, which our society tends to ignore and frown upon, not realzing that this, indeed, is one of the causes of all the crazyness in the world today.

Bridge Mess June 25, 2014 at 3:05 PM

So… what happens when people jump into the net?

Julio June 25, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Just like I said yesterday and #12 said today. After 25 years this came to life again because Mr. Moylan, former Bridge Board President, grandson jumped from the span a few weeks ago. Otherwise they would have buried it for another 25 years. He would have found a way to do it no matter what.

Sorry for Mr. Moylan’s loss but get real GGBridge people. This is ridiculous sending that kind of money for this.

Henry June 25, 2014 at 4:15 PM

No because the jumpers will bounce off the nets and into the water anyway.
I’ve seen what those circus nets do. It will probably attract more jumpers because of the additional thrill.

MrDioji June 25, 2014 at 5:10 PM

While that is a lot of money that could be better used elsewhere, I just wanted to make a couple of points.

They already have people with suicide prevention training patrolling the bridge. There was a good “KQED Forum” on the topic a few months back.

People would not necessarily just go somewhere else to kill themselves. Jumping off a bride – especially the GG – is a lot different from jumping in front of a train. And it’s certainly different from suicide by police. Some people are only able get up enough gumption to jump from the GG Bridge, while other methods aren’t as iconic or are just more daunting. I think many would just move to the Bay Bridge though. It is a marvel, despite everyone’s complaining.

ut of laziness, I am just copying my post from the other thread:

anonanonagain June 25, 2014 at 5:19 PM

It’s sad to say that many “romanticize” suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge. People travel thousands of miles to off themselves on this historic and beautiful bridge.
Perhaps a few lives can be saved but if they really want to kill themselves they will find a way.
I’d rather not be driving over this bridge with my child and have someone hurling themselves off of it as my child sees. If it wasn’t such a suicide beacon I’d say no, but since this is a magnet for people with issues, I’d say yes…….

Laura Zah June 25, 2014 at 11:27 PM

If they land in the net, can’t they just crawl over the edge of the net & finish it?

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