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Our mission is to prevent suicides on the Golden Gate Bridge and advocate for restricting access to all means of suicide.
April 2020 Newsletter
2020 Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Statistics
Confirmed suicides through March: 7
Unconfirmed suicides through March: 1
Interventions through March: 44
Suicides & interventions through March: 52

Source: Golden Gate Bridge District
2019 Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Statistics
Confirmed suicides during the year: 28
Unconfirmed suicides during the year: 2
Interventions during the year: 167
Suicides & interventions during the year: 197

Source: Golden Gate Bridge District
Work Continues Despite Virus
 
California's shelter-in-place order states that "individuals may leave their residences to provide any services or perform any work necessary to the operations and maintenance of essential infrastructure, including, but not limited to, public works construction." The suicide deterrent system on the Golden Gate Bridge is deemed essential; thus, work is continuing on the net during the coronavirus pandemic. One challenge, however, is that many of the suppliers for contractors have had to close, which could mean that work will slow or stop if supplies become unavailable. Meanwhile, the Bridge Patrol and California Highway Patrol continue to monitor vehicle and pedestrian traffic on the bridge.
Coping with Financial Losses

One consequence of the COVID-19 virus is that the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District is experiencing a significant loss of funding due to far fewer vehicles crossing the bridge and paying tolls, as well as major drops in ferry and bus ridership. The district is seeking state and federal funding to supplement the loss and keep the services going. As long as the bridge remains open, it's important that staffing continues at full capacity because of the role staff play in spotting, stopping, and rescuing potential jumpers. Fewer pedestrians are walking on the bridge; however, there were still five suicides in March.
Where the Net is Now

The change in the main contractor, when the low-bid winner Shimmick in Oakland recently became a subsidiary of AECOM in Los Angeles, has pushed the targeted completion date back from January 2021 to sometime in 2023, although many of the subcontractors continue working. One subcontractor that has closed temporarily because of the pandemic is Carl Stahl DecorCable of Illinois, which is creating the metal netting for the suicide deterrent system. Installation of the support arms that will hold the net is continuing uninterrupted, however, as the photos in this newsletter, which were taken by the Marin Independent Journal to document progress, show.
Bridge Rail Foundation is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization. Safe, secure, tax-deductible donations can be made by clicking on this link. Community support makes our work possible.
Copyright © 2020 Bridge Rail Foundation. All rights reserved.
3020 Bridgeway #179, Sausalito, CA 94965. www.bridgerail.net.

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