Target: Golden Gate District Officials
Goal: Golden Gate District officials need to find a way to implement a higher railing on the bridge in order to prevent suicides
Although the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco, CA is one of the most beloved monuments in America, it is also our country’s most popular choice for suicides. This past November, San Francisco marked its 2,000th suicide on the bridge since 1937. The most shocking aspect about all of this is that the Golden Gate district officials have done nothing to improve this horrifying statistic. Bay Area residents have said that the first thing that people notice when they walk the bridge is how easy it is to climb over. There is no barrier between people and the bridge, making it very easy for a person wanting to commit suicide to do so. For this reason, there needs to be a safety net to lower the number of suicides.
Reports claim that district officials and some vocal critics do not believe that having a safety net will work and that people wanting to commit suicide will do so either way. People that are in a suicidal state can slowly get past the problem if there is something to prevent them from it. Close to 800,000 people commit suicide every year. If there is any possible way to bring that number of people down, then it should be done.
Other reports have mentioned that officials are afraid that building the safety net would compromise the look of the bridge. This problem sounds very trivial and meaningless compared to the high numbers of lives lost because of the lack of a barrier set in place. Please sign this petition to persuade district officials to build a higher railing and prevent suicides.
Dear Golden Gate Bridge District Officials,
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic monuments in San Francisco, CA. Although the bridge is very well loved, there is a tragic demographic that uses the bridge to commit suicide. Please find a way to fund the implementation of a higher railing so that we can lower this number of suicides. Building a safety net will work and this is based on case studies and research done by professors in the University of California, Berkeley.
I understand that the district officials wants everyone to have a great experience looking over the bridge and out at the beautiful Bay Area, but I feel that people will still enjoy the view even with a higher railing and/or safety net. If a small change such as a safety net will help prevent suicides, then it is worth the inconvenience.
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Photo Credit: Jonathon Coombes via Wikimedia Commons