Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Five Points pedestrian safety has been a big concern for the City of Columbia, especially after some recent accidents in the district.
Tuesday, Columbia City Council conducted a Public Safety Committee Meeting to look at more ideas to improve safety for the walkers around the area.
"We understand between football games and U.S.C. going back into session pedestrian traffic is going to increase tremendously during the weekends," said Columbia City Council member Moe Baddourah.
According to Baddourah, "We just want to make sure everybody is safe crossing the street or whoever is on the side of the street."
Pedestrian safety around the city and in Five Points has become a bigger concern after two pedestrians were struck and killed.
"The couple of incidents that occurred earlier this year taught us a lesson, to be a little more aggressive with creative ways to calm down the traffic and just make sure the drivers are aware that there are pedestrians all over Five Points," said Baddourah.
The ideas for slowing the automobile traffic have been numerous, from traffic circles, to speed bumps, to closing some roads, an idea the Five Points Association is not in favor of according to Executive Director Merritt McHaffie.
"Where we are not interested in going is shutting down streets at night permanently, that is something the board of directors are not in favor of and primarily because we feel like it is rewarding bad behavior and it is not fair to the bar owners," said McHaffie.
There was no official City Council action taken at this meeting, but Baddourah hopes the talks will continue and Five Points visitors will stay safe when walking around the area.
Baddourah said, "Just be careful, we tell our children to look both ways before you cross the road and that is exactly what you need to do, all the pedestrians need to be cautious, don't take it likely when you are crossing a road."
Earlier this Summer the city added 'no turn on red' signs and increased the visibility of the crosswalks, improvements that McHaffie believes have already improved the safety conditions for people on foot in Five Points.