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Graph of suicides by location off the

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 03, 2005

Graph of suicides by location off the Golden Gate Bridge. This is a fascinating graph. More overall deaths on the SF half than the Marin half and way more on the bay side. A lot of people walked pretty far before jumping. And lightpost 69…it looks to be about halfway between the towers…lots of symbolism there for the jumpers.

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Dagomar PaulidesNov 03, 2005 at 8:34AM

perhaps 69 is more symbolic than just being halway?

Will FitzgeraldNov 03, 2005 at 8:49AM

Probably a trivial analysis, but I did a quick look to see if there was a ‘long tail’: http://www.entish.org/willwhim/?p=255.

Doug HaneyNov 03, 2005 at 8:55AM

Why am I hearing Billy Madison, “69!”

jkottkeNov 03, 2005 at 9:20AM

Perhaps 69 is more symbolic than just being halway? [sic]

I doubt it..I don’t think the physical posts are numerically marked.

Andre TorrezNov 03, 2005 at 11:48AM

I’m pretty sure the posts are physically marked. I drive over the bridge every morning and after I saw this graph I took a quick peek to see and I believe I did see the numbers on the the light poles alternating in this manner.

minxljNov 03, 2005 at 11:54AM

I remember reading an article about the few people who had actually survived jumping from the bridge…nasty injuries though. I’m getting married overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge sometime next year - this was planned before I found out it’s the world’s #1 suicide spot, but I haven’t changed my mind.

But I will be checking the bridge for potential jumpers first - imagine catching that in your wedding photos?! :-(

Will FitzgeraldNov 03, 2005 at 2:06PM

You can clearly see a number sign on this Flickr photo:

http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=10604866&context=pool-68528530@N00&size=l

kirkarachaNov 03, 2005 at 5:58PM

More people jump from the side facing the city, as opposed to the side facing the Pacific. The view is better, and the Pacific side is a bike lane.

This graphic comes from a current series of articles in the San Francisco Chronicle. There are more graphics, plus audio interviews.

nickNov 03, 2005 at 11:50PM

I’d heard the opposite anecdotally: that people facing the city are less likely to jump than those facing out to the ocean. That makes poetic sense; but logistically, it’s easier to get to the SF-facing side with its pedestrian walkway than the opposite-side bike path. There’s also a psychological advantage of walking with, rather than against the traffic.

Zach BlumeNov 04, 2005 at 7:39PM

“I remember reading an article about the few people who had actually survived jumping from the bridge…”

I read that too. Every single damn one of them said about 3/4 of the way down they figured out all the problems in there life could be solved, save jumping off the bridge. Oopsy.

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