With its suicide protection systems, the Golden Gate Bridge…
After the installation of nets and railings on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to prevent suicide, local residents began to complain en masse about ... cravings for suicide. The fact is that the sounds that these structures make in strong winds make people literally go crazy. In this regard, a new urban legend has even appeared in San Francisco that the souls of those who died during the construction of the bridge, as well as those who committed suicide on it, cry out to the living.
In fact, when designing the bridge, no one assumed that suicides would jump en masse from it, so its design was calculated to withstand local winds. Winds, by the way, are severe here - their speed reaches 160 km / h, however, steel supports and cables can easily withstand them. What can not be said about the flimsy aluminum grids against suicide.
Suicide jumps from the bridge do not affect its operation in any way, but the presence of networks and other protective structures on it since 2020 creates extremely unpleasant acoustic effects that are extremely annoying to local residents. So much so that some of them have already committed suicide because of the continuous howling, humming and grinding. This forced the local authorities to develop a plan to install compensating plugs that would change the aerodynamic model of the bridge so that it would stop making creepy sounds during the wind.