Residents across Barton are calling for urgent action because drivers are failing to stop at pedestrian crossings.
Hussain Vorajee, who lives in the area, said he has seen an increase in the number of near misses, particularly along Barton Street.
He added: “The problem has been quite bad for a long time now.
“Some people do not understand the concept of a zebra crossing. In the last few days I have seen some cars slightly touch pedestrians. But it is a national issue I think.
“On a Friday, hundreds of Muslims leave the mosque in All Saints Road and the crossings along Charles Street, Vauxhall Street and Barton Street are very busy.
“It does not help that they are on the corner of roads, just as cars are turning.
“However, some drivers often see residents chatting near the crossings and just drive through. If a pedestrian makes the wrong judgement call, it could result in a fatality.
“At 3pm hundreds of school children run across Barton are using the zebra crossings too.”
He believes a pelican crossing, which uses traffic lights and the ‘green man’ to control the flow of traffic and people walking, could be a safer option.
He said people moving to Gloucester from abroad would find this easier to understand.
Lesley Phelps, of John Phelps Academy of Hair in Barton Street, agrees and said: “Last year I witnessed three people get run over. I see it all because my shop is directly next to a crossing. It is very dangerous.
“The problem is people talk with friends near the crossing and some drivers just drive along not looking. Some people just walk across it without waiting for cars to stop.
“When I was younger this street did have a pelican system which was safer. However they changed it a few years ago.”
A spokesman from Gloucestershire Police said: “Pedestrian crossings should be obeyed like any traffic signal and failure to do so could result in serious injury or worse.
“If you see anyone not obeying pedestrian crossings please call Gloucestershire Police on 101.”