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The Golden Gate Bridge is the #1 suicide site in the world.

There were 10 confirmed suicides from the Golden Gate Bridge in August. It was the most suicides in any month in the bridge’s history.

Monday, Tuesday, suicide. Thursday, Friday, suicide. Sunday, Monday, suicide. Over and over, a suicide every three days.

The 10th was a 17-year-old girl from Marin County.

This information doesn’t come from the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. The district considers itself the official source of all information related to the bridge — except information on suicides. The number comes from the coroner who does the autopsies.

One reason the bridge has so many suicides is its magnetic appeal. Suicide sites tend to draw despairing people to them, and the numbers show that the Golden Gate Bridge exerts a stronger pull than anywhere else.

Another reason may be the mistaken belief that jumping from the bridge results in a quick, near-certain death with no messy clean-up. In fact, 5% of jumpers survive the impact and subsequently drown, their bodies retrieved by Coast Guard crews. A handful survive — miraculously — but they usually suffer permanent physical injuries.

A third reason is because access is easy. There are parking lots at both ends of the bridge and year-round walkways for pedestrians and bicyclists. One doesn’t need to procure a firearm, stockpile drugs or learn how to tie a noose. One just needs to go to the bridge and jump.

The most important reason, though, is because the existing railing is only 4 feet high. Anyone can climb over it, from a 5-year-old girl — the bridge’s youngest official suicide — to people in their 80s.

In 2008, Golden Gate Bridge District officials approved the addition of a net under the bridge to prevent suicides. However, they have never approved any funding for the net’s construction. They did just approve more than $25 million in construction fees for a new median barrier even though there hasn’t been a fatal head-on crash on the bridge in 12 years, and only 16 since 1970. As a result, the Golden Gate Bridge continues to be the only major international suicide landmark without a barrier

A record 10 people jumped to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge last… (Chip Chipman / Bloomberg )

There were 10 confirmed suicides from the Golden Gate Bridge in August. It was the most suicides in any month in the bridge’s history.

Monday, Tuesday, suicide. Thursday, Friday, suicide. Sunday, Monday, suicide. Over and over, a suicide every three days.

The 10th was a 17-year-old girl from Marin County.

This information doesn’t come from the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. The district considers itself the official source of all information related to the bridge — except information on suicides. The number comes from the coroner who does the autopsies.

One reason the bridge has so many suicides is its magnetic appeal. Suicide sites tend to draw despairing people to them, and the numbers show that the Golden Gate Bridge exerts a stronger pull than anywhere else.

Another reason may be the mistaken belief that jumping from the bridge results in a quick, near-certain death with no messy clean-up. In fact, 5% of jumpers survive the impact and subsequently drown, their bodies retrieved by Coast Guard crews. A handful survive — miraculously — but they usually suffer permanent physical injuries.

A third reason is because access is easy. There are parking lots at both ends of the bridge and year-round walkways for pedestrians and bicyclists. One doesn’t need to procure a firearm, stockpile drugs or learn how to tie a noose. One just needs to go to the bridge and jump.

The most important reason, though, is because the existing railing is only 4 feet high. Anyone can climb over it, from a 5-year-old girl — the bridge’s youngest official suicide — to people in their 80s.

In 2008, Golden Gate Bridge District officials approved the addition of a net under the bridge to prevent suicides. However, they have never approved any funding for the net’s construction. They did just approve more than $25 million in construction fees for a new median barrier even though there hasn’t been a fatal head-on crash on the bridge in 12 years, and only 16 since 1970. As a result, the Golden Gate Bridge continues to be the only major international suicide landmark without a barrier.

In recent years, an average of three people a month have jumped from the bridge. Imagine if three people died every month in cable car accidents in San Francisco, or in falls from the bleachers at Dodger Stadium, or in traffic collisions at an unregulated intersection in Sacramento. The problem would be fixed immediately.

Now imagine that 10 people died in one month. There would be public outrage, harsh media stories and lawsuits — but not where the Golden Gate Bridge is concerned.

The No. 1 suicide site in the world — the Golden Gate Bridge — is in our backyard and no one seems to care. We’re closing in on 2,000 suicides from the bridge and there hasn’t been a peep, not from the public, the bridge district, city officials

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