"There's no sidewalks," said Sarah Combs, executive director of the University Area Community Development Corporation. "There's no lighting. There's potholes in the road."
The UACDC is reaching out to those who live in the area to ask what the biggest safety concerns are and where the most dangerous areas seem to be. They are also asking what improvements should be top priority. The hope is to stop more people from dying.
"Every year we have several deaths because children are in the roadways, parents are in the roadways because there's no sidewalks," Combs said.
They're working to get grant money and enlist local businesses to not just add sidewalks, but fix broken roads and cut down trees blocking street lights. Residents said changes are desperately needed.
"It's really dark and there are no sidewalks," said Frederick Arnold, who lives in the area.
Arnold only has a bike to get around and said a car nearly hit him too.
"By the time I looked up, the headlights were right in my face," he said. "I got on the side of the road and prayed."
The final safety report should be in by the end of the year and upgrades made soon after. Arnold and others hope that will help save lives.