The Golden Gate Bridge may look like a span whose purpose is to connect Marin County with San Francisco, but to many the Bridge is a daredevil’s playground. Although people rarely climb atop the main cables of the bridge and tightrope walk across the top, Bridge officials are taking the possibility of more people doing it in the future seriously.
“Since 9/11 there have been two occasions whereby some folks have jumped onto that main cable and run up to the tower before we’ve had a chance to get to them” Golden Gate Bridge District spokesperson Mary Currie told CBS5.
The response: four new security gates, the first of which recently went up “adjacent to the scaffolding that we have on the west cable,” Currie said.
Although painted the Bridge’s traditional “International Orange” for camouflage reasons, the gate is a bit of an eyesore, resembling, as CBS5 says, “an antenna with a door” with “steel branches to keep people from getting around”.