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Citizens for a Safe Golden Gate Bridge© 
The Official Web Site for all Public Documents, Records, Information, and other vital records of Suicides, Head-on Collisions.
http://www.goldengatecitizens.com

 "Click On My Chair" 
This could happen to you...!

    The Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District has prolong traffic control for more than six decades now. Please be advised, that you could end-up in a wheel chair, or even death, by driving on undivided lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge under present conditions...

    "It has come to our attention that, the Golden Gate Bridge Board District is not protecting all who drive, walk, or bike across the span, because of several reasons...   There is no financial gain in securing the safety of others for the following reasons:  (1.  As long as the Golden Gate Bridge Board District makes a legal attempt to the following conditions, we may never have a movable barrier or a suicide barrier on the span. These items will not make any money for the district, but will cost them over 8.25 million dollars out of their pocket.   For the Golden Gate Bridge District it will be a losing proposition. The Golden Gate Bridge District is in the business of making money not spending it." (The statement above will come to the attention of the Grand Jury of the State of California in the near future...

  
Section 835 of the California Government Code  Dangerous Condition of Public Property Provides: Except as provided by statute, a public entity is liable for injury caused by a dangerous condition of its property if the plaintiff establishes that the property was in a dangerous condition at the time of the injury, that the injury was proximately caused by the dangerous condition, that the dangerous condition created a reasonably foreseeable risk of the kind of injury which was incurred, and that either:  (a) A negligent or wrongful act or omission of an employee of the public entity within the scope of his employment created the dangerous condition; or (b) The public entity had actual or constructive notice of the dangerous condition under § 835.2 a sufficient time prior to the injury to have taken measures to protect against the dangerous condition.

    A dangerous condition is defined as:
A condition of property that creates a substantial (as distinguished from a minor, trivial or insignificant) risk of injury when such property or adjacent property is used with due care in a manner in which it is reasonably foreseeable that it will be used.              

Section 830.6 and Design Immunity
Section 830.6 of the Government Code provides:
Neither a public entity nor a public employee is liable under this chapter for an injury caused by the plan or design of a construction of, or an improvement to, public property where such plan or design has been approved in advance of the construction or improvement by the legislative body of the public entity or by some other body or employee exercising discretionary authority to give such approval or where such plan or design is prepared in conformity with standards previously so approved, if the trial or appellate court determines that there is any substantial evidence upon the basis of which (a) a reasonable public employee could have adopted the plan or design or the standards therefor or (b) a reasonable legislative body or other body or employee could have approved the plan or design or the standards therefor. Design immunity is a statutorily created affirmative defense available to public entities when it is argued that the design of an improvement is a “dangerous condition” that caused an injury? It is “often raised on motion for summary judgment or non-suit enabling the trial court to find the defense established as a matter of law.”~ If the public entity can show that the allegedly “dangerous condition” was a part of the improvement’s design, that it had the discretion to approve the design, and that there was substantial evidence to support its conclusion that the design was reasonable, then the public entity is not liable for injuries the design may have caused.24 More concretely, so long as a suicide barrier’s construction conforms to its design, an argument that the design actually increased the risk of harm to someone attempting suicide would be unavailing, so long as the entity approving the design had some substantial evidence to support its conclusion that the design was reasonable.  Even if the argument was that the barrier was negligently constructed -- that it did not in fact conform to its design --the public entity might still have a defense. 

Section 830.6 also provides:
Notwithstanding notice that constructed or improved public property may no longer be in conformity with a plan or design.., which reasonably could be approved by the legislative body or other body or employee, the immunity provided by this section shall continue for a reasonable period of time sufficient to permit the public entity to obtain funds for and carry out remedial work necessary to allow such public property to be in conformity with a plan or design approved by the legislative body of the public entity or other body or employee.
Cal. Gov’t. Code § 830.6.     Public Law Research Institute May22, 1998

    Due to the inability of the Board of Directors and the lack of power that the "Building & Operations Committee" have illustrated, they refuse to commit to any safety issues of any kind…This has gone on to long.  Its time for "BSI" Movable Median Traffic Barrier, now, to stop all head-on collisions.  Also, we concur that the suicide deterrent (Z-Clip) system has been talked about for 50 years now.  And the "Newest" safety measure to date on the Golden Gate Bridge, is that of the “Public Safety Railing.”  These safety issues have been on the table for many, and many of years now, and need to be addressed.  Citizen for a Safe Golden Gate Bridge is trying to protect all who drive, walk and bicycle across this vital link between San Francisco and Marin Counties. It's time for the Golden Gate Bridge-Board of No-Directors to become directors and start to direct the bridge manager Celia Kupersmith & the “New District Engineer to commence to the safety issues at hand. How long should we wait-for another 40 years, or so... Please, contact the Golden Gate Bridge District, or me at rmgbabbitt@sbcglobal.net and voice your opinion.

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Founder & Chairman of the Board 
Robert M. Guernsey

*Director John P. Ehlen, PE Mining  

                              Director Alexandra F. Ehlen

* Director Frank Schweiger

        * Director Danna Kirkbride

 The Board is made-up of three * victims of a head-on collision's

Golden Gate Citizens Link's
Movable Barrier        Barrier Systems, Inc.      Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District
Suicide Deterrent     Public Safety Railing          Transportation Research Board (TRB) Authority agencies links

   

  
A car the size of a Ford Festiva, and a 3/4 ton pickup truck were crashed into the barrier at a 20-degree angle going 62 mph. 17mph faster that the posted 45 mph speed limit on GGB.


As you can see, there is little damage to the car from hitting the barrier, and your life was spared...

"It's a red-letter day," said Nancy Read, a bridge board member from Petaluma.  "It's the right thing to do, to prevent crossover accidents, to make the most beautiful bridge in the world and the safest."  Director Nancy Read & President Fraser with channel 4-news anchor Anthony Moore; upper-right photograph (The Press Democrat, May 23, 1998)

    The Golden Gate Bridge, one of the world's most impressive and beautiful structures, is also one of the most dangerous. Each day thousands of vehicles pass in both directions on a single level span that has no permanent traffic dividers. Instead, plastic yellow cones separate oncoming lanes of traffic. Periodically, a crew moves these cones from one lane to another to adjust the number of lanes to better accommodate commuters in each direction during the rush hour traffic. Needless to say, the bridge is the site of numerous head-on collisions that have resulted in disfigurement and death.

       

    By various resolutions: Res. 85-293 passed by the Board of Directors and with the installation of the orthographic deck with trapezoidal ribs in the 80's the "Bridge District created what is now being called "Design Immunity." Deeming the bridge may never have a movable traffic barrier on its road surface. Design Immunity is a lawyer’s ploy to stifle the jurors and judge.  In the mid 80s' the bridge district contacted Professor Wolfgang Homburger of the University of Berkley Traffic Institute of Transportation who rejected the preliminary engineering report for the bridge districts Conclusion for a No Barrier.  "Design Immunity, could be used in the district's defense even after the movable traffic barrier and the suicide deterrent are installed...

     Through the years, there have been thirty-five deaths stemming from thirty-eight head-on collisions. The public has cried out for some type of barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge span and exhibited much concern for more than five decades. Many independent inventors have designed movable barrier and have approached the Bridge District directly with no success. With a multitude of movable barrier designs that could have been used on the road surface, all barrier concepts failed; thereby the barrier issue was put to sleep and never addressed until now, 1995.

    The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District Board is made-up of members of nineteen board of directors, from six counties. (2) Marin, (4) San Francisco, Board of Supervisors members, (10) prominent businessmen and woman (1) Mayor, (1) organized labor executive secretary, and (1) Labor's union rep. 

    Citizens for a Safe Golden Gate Bridge inform you the Citizens of the Bay Area Counties concerning the issue of a movable barrier and the undivided lanes on your world famous bridge, The Golden Gate Bridge. The issue of a movable median traffic barrier on the span is not a new concept, and has been on the minds of thousands of people for more than five decades. Citizens for a Safe Golden Gate Bridge is helping by sharing as much information as possible such as; legal documents, information, news articles, and personal tribulation of victims and their head-on collisions on the Golden Gate Bridge or Doyle Drive, as well as information regarding any new proposals to the district on movable median barrier's and their designs.


       
On June 27, 1996, at the Administration Offices of the Bridge District, Citizens for a Safe Golden Gate Bridge Organization, and many individual citizens demanded that the Golden Gate Bridge District Board of Directors install a movable median traffic safety barrier to eliminate all head-on collisions on the span, and to take action today. 

Citizens for a Safe Golden Gate Bridge Committee expressed & asked the Bridge District for:  

  1. The enforcement of the 45 mph speed limit.   
  2. A no-lane change policy.
  3. CHP Bike patrol on sidewalk during commute hours with the use of high-speed radar & cameras. 

 
   
"As you can see, time is running-out"   As of March, 2001 the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District has stalled all progress with any related safety items such as: The Movable Median Traffic Barrier, A suicide Deterrent (Z-Clip Barrier) System, and A Public Handrail between the curb lane and the sidewalk.  The Bridge District opted for the "FasTrak lanes." for money, rather than any safety equipment for your life...


   
We would like to thank everyone for your time and support on this vital issue of public safety needed for the Golden Gate Bridge. You may send our organization E-mail at:
  rmgbabbitt@sbcglobal.net or write to us care of: Citizens for a Safe Golden Gate Bridge...
 46 Elm Avenue...San Anselmo, CA...94960-2210...Phone: 415-456-3792, ask for Robert.


Respectfully submitted:
   

Robert M. Guernsey 
Founder and Chairman of the Board and Directors:                                       
 
 
     Sarah G. Guernsey VP 
  Director Frank Schweiger     
  Director Danna Kirkbride     
  *  Director John P. Ehlen, P.E. Mining Specialist     
     Director Alexandra F. Ehlen
    
Volunteer: Henry H. Guernsey III
     Volunteers: Bernard & Shayne Bialkin



  Citizens for a Safe Golden Gate Bridge
Movable Median  
 Traffic Barrier links
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Barrier Cones Video:

Web Site for the 
"Golden Gate Suicide Barrier Coalition.
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Official web sites links to:
Home page of the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway and Transportation District
Official Web Site of Barrier Systems Inc.


Special thanks go to to our "Technical Adviser" Laurie Johnson 
for her dedication in making this web site political correct...

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