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(LA Times)   San Francisco officials are considering a giant net to deter people from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Rejected ideas include: ninjas, drunk Mel Gibson, a cardboard life-size replica of the bridge, and cats with lasers   (latimes.com) divider line 16
    More: Stupid, Golden Gate Bridge, suicides  
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2014-06-25 09:52:08 AM  
5 votes:

Walker: Yes, because they then can't just jump off the nets.


Maybe we can breed spiders to weave the nets. Either they won't jump at all because of the spiders, or when they do jump they'll stick to the web.
2014-06-25 10:52:43 AM  
3 votes:
Add a diving board

Reverse psychology people
2014-06-25 10:50:43 AM  
3 votes:
They should have sharp shooters standing by to kill the jumpers before they are able to jump.
2014-06-25 10:49:30 AM  
3 votes:
We could do something about the terrible state of the nations mental health care...

/or cover everything with nets, I guess.
/that works too.
2014-06-25 10:48:16 AM  
2 votes:
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2014-06-25 10:42:27 AM  
2 votes:
Ban bridges!
2014-06-25 12:46:43 PM  
1 votes:
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2014-06-25 12:05:18 PM  
1 votes:
I remember a few years back there was a bid to install anti-jump netting on the GG bridge, and the project cost was pretty damn high and the subject of much bickering on local talk radio.

I called into one such radio show and offered the far cheaper solution of installing elevated diving boards on the bridge.  It would cost tens of thousands of dollars less than the anti-jump netting. (Not my idea, Larry Niven)

They said the liability of installing diving boards would be way too high.

I rebutted that any liability would take care of itself at sea level.

They hung up on me.
2014-06-25 11:40:48 AM  
1 votes:
I think the nets would just encourage more jumpers, because it seems like it would be fun to jump off and land safely in the net. Maybe they should make the nets out of steel cables like they have on aircraft carriers. As I understand it, it's not fun to fall into one of those.

Or better yet, put trampolines in, but put them facing out at  45 degree angle, so that when you hit, you go bouncing way out at a high arc. Get some real distance from the bridge.

/Know a guy who was in the Navy. He was doing a pre-flight in the dark, and apparently one of the aircraft was parked tail over the water. The last one wasn't.  So he goes to go around the backside of the plane, and finds himself short on tarmac and big on air. There wasn't a net under him, but there was a catwalk about 15 feet down to break his fall. Apparently steel decking does not make for soft landings. He was much more observent in the future.
2014-06-25 10:58:21 AM  
1 votes:
Just set up a trebuchet in the Presidio parking lot, and not worry about the bridge.
2014-06-25 10:55:46 AM  
1 votes:
Just station Spiderman there.  He'll rescue people jumping.

Once.

/everyone gets one
2014-06-25 10:53:15 AM  
1 votes:
wow it must be so awesome to be  so self centered and calloused that you can not have empathy for others.   I wish I was like that.
2014-06-25 10:51:12 AM  
1 votes:
If people want to end their lives, they will.  If there are nets on the Golden Gate they will just find an alternative method.

The only thing the net is going to catch is going to be drama queens.
2014-06-25 10:47:02 AM  
1 votes:

Walker: Yes, because they then can't just jump off the nets.


then there should be another net 20 feet below that net and another below that until you get all the way to the water.
2014-06-25 10:46:59 AM  
1 votes:
Why bother?  The current will sweep them out to sea anyway -- it's not like you have to scrape the remains off a train track.
2014-06-25 09:05:59 AM  
1 votes:
How about a giant trampoline instead? No one is depressed on a trampoline.
 
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