Dennington Community Association is urging the city council to include cash in this year's budget to construct a footpath along a busy thoroughfare.
Association president John Harris presented a submission to councillors at June's monthly meeting, saying the group had been asking for a path since 2011.
Each school day students entering and exiting Brauer College and walking to and from Dennington are forced to walk along the roadside on Rooneys Road.
Mr Harris said it was an accident waiting to happen.
"We are really concerned we are starting to play Russian roulette with it," he said.
"Thirty-to-forty students walk along there morning and night.
"There are also a number of parents that don't allow their children to walk to school."
He said the community association had previously had meetings with former chief executive officer Bruce Anson and infrastructure directors to get a footpath.
"We are pleading with the council to reconsider in the budget in this current year to do the path," he said.
"It is so crucial.
"I was speaking to Brauer College and most of their students are now coming from that area with the growth in Dennington Rise.
"We are only going to get more and more students from that area using that route.
"We want to achieve the best possible outcome for everyone.
"We are happy to work with the council."
Parent Catherine Grist collects her daughter from Nicolls Drive off Rooneys Road.
She said she would like to see a footpath installed, as it would create a much safer journey.
"We would love a footpath," she said.
"I would love for it to be safe for my daughter to walk to school."
Her daughter Stephanie, 12, is in year seven at Brauer.
"The grass is very wet in winter," she said.
"If we go for a walk or on our scooter it is dangerous to go on the road."
Councillors will vote on the 2019/2020 budget at a special meeting of council on June 24.
They will determine which budget to pass, as two have been drawn up.
One budget includes the rate cap variation, with a 2 per cent increase, while the other is at the state government regulated rate cap.