35 Interesting Facts About Golden Gate Bridge

Last updated on May 18th, 2023

29. Bikers Paradise

Biking over the bridge offers riders the remarkable experience of a captivating ride and unforgettable memories to cherish all throughout their lives. Visitors have the option to rent a bike and take a self-biking trip or go on a guided tour.

30. Biennial Inspection

Engineers carry out a thorough inspection on the bridge every two years. This is necessary to check for sections in need of maintenance or repair work.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California with traffic. Image credit – Ken Lund

31. A Dark History of Suicide

Since the year it was opened, over 1500 individuals have committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. It is actually the top location for committing suicide in the world.

32. Lead-based Paint

During the 1930s, the bridge was covered with a lead-based primer. It was chosen by the architects because the lead-based paint would safeguard the steel structure against corrosion. However, they found out lead is harmful to both human beings and the environment.

33. More Environmentally Friendly Paint

In 1965, a huge cleanup initiative was started to get rid of the lead-based paint off the bridge; this ended in 1995. Nowadays, a zinc-based primer is used as an alternative.

Burning sky over Golden gate Bridge.
Burning sky over Golden gate Bridge. Facts about Golden Gate Bridge. Image via shutterstock/Pung

34. District Toll and Fares Increase

In 2019, drivers going into San Francisco started paying toll increases. This is set to continue through to 2023 as a means of helping to reduce the $75 million budget shortfall of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.

35. “Musical Tones”

In the summer of 2020, the bridge starts to make sounds audible from three miles away. These “musical tones” result from a project designed to create a more aerodynamic bridge under high wind conditions.