UT student safety organization calls for change following bicyclist death

A bicyclist was killed by falling debris from a construction site in the West Campus neighborhood on the evening of Thursday, March 2.

University of Texas community members are now calling on the City of Austin to inspect construction sites to prevent similar incidents in the future.

In a tweet posted Friday, March 10, SafeHorns, a UT student safety organization made up of parents, students, and other community members, released a statement recognizing the March 2 death of non-UT affiliate Michael Delgado.

Delgado was struck by falling debris from the upper floors of a construction site at the intersection of Rio Grande Street and 24th Street near campus. 

SafeHorns is asking City of Austin Development Services Department to immediately inspect construction projects at that location and elsewhere in the neighborhood.

The statement from SafeHorns said that West Campus, a primarily pedestrian-walkable community, is the fourth most densely populated neighborhood in Texas. 

The organization says the majority of residents are 18-to-23-year-old UT students.

SafeHorns is not affiliated with the University of Texas.