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Saving Lives at the Golden Gate Bridge


As of January 1, 2024, the Golden Gate Bridge now has a continuous physical suicide barrier installed the full length of the 1.7-mile span. The suicide deterrent system, also known as the net, has been installed on the east and west sides of approximately 95% of the Bridge. In some areas of the Bridge, due to ongoing construction or design factors, vertical fencing is in place instead of or in addition to the net.

The purpose of the net is to reduce the number of deaths associated with individuals jumping off the Bridge. The net is a proven design that deters people from jumping, serves as a symbol of care and hope to despondent individuals, and, if necessary, offers people a second chance.

The net draws inspiration from similar barriers erected to deter suicides on tall buildings and bridges around the world. The community-selected design was chosen for its proven effectiveness at reducing suicides and its minimalist aesthetic. The net consists of marine-grade stainless steel netting installed 20 feet below the sidewalks and extending out 20 feet over the water. Jumping into the net is designed to be painful and may result in significant injury.

The Net Is Already Saving Lives

The net is already working as intended to save lives and deter people from coming to the Bridge to harm themselves. Over the last 20 years, on average, there have been 30 confirmed suicides at the Golden Gate Bridge every year. In 2023, while the net was still under construction, there were 14 confirmed suicides, reducing the average number of suicides by more than half. While the net was under construction, the majority of suicides occurred when people found gaps where netting was not yet installed and jumped.

Rescue Operations and Training

The Golden Gate Bridge net is designed to deter people from jumping from the Bridge. In cases where someone falls into the net, teams of trained professionals stand ready to perform rescues. District staff have been coordinating and training with local fire departments and law enforcement agencies to respond to net rescues in a timely manner and with minimal disruption to traffic. Thus far, the interagency teams have performed several successful rescues from the net using existing personnel and equipment.

Net construction began in 2018 and was completed in early 2024. The total project cost, including construction and administration, is approximately $224 million and is funded through federal and state grants, Bridge tolls, Prop 63 monies, and individual and foundation donations. More information about the project can be found here.

More information about the completion of the net can be found here.

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