ViaSmart

The Leading Tool for Road Safety Assesment

Aino Mensonen

Service manager, Digital services and Innovations

T: +358 4053 35198

ViaSmart takes the following parameters into consideration:

  • Annual average daily traffic
  • Annual average daily heavy traffic
  • Speed limit
  • Width of road shoulder
  • Paved road shoulder
  • Road width
  • Material of road pavement
  • Position in the road network
  • Sight distance percent (300 m)
  • Functional class of the road
  • Maintenance class of the road
  • Lighting
  • Light traffic route

ViaSmart is the leading tool for road safety assessment, used by both government authorities, the private sector, and municipalities alike.

Over 150 Finnish municipalities and governmental authorities use ViaSmart to assess road safety and estimate the need for school transportation.

ViaSmart is versatile, and has also been used in urban planning, traffic improvement projects, as well as in risk analysis and to support Vision Zero initiatives.

A route safe for children is safe for all.

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ViaSmart strives to be an objective calculation method, which places children on an equal footing by configuring the dangers of their school routes into a mathematically measurable form. ViaSmart is a tool to determine the need for school transportation.

The calculations of ViaSmart only comprises general roads. As ViaSmart is a registry-based program, it can’t detect rapidly changing factors on the road, and any interpretation of the results always need a thorough assessment of local conditions and challenges. The school route safety must always be evaluated based on local circumstances, such as seasonal changes in traffic, exceptionally bad sight distances, or construction works. Grade crossings, bridge hazards or the safety at bus stops are also outside the scope of this program. ViaSmart has been used in over 150 municipalities around Finland. ViaSmart has also been used in different juridical settings when resolving disputes regarding school transport. The program doesn’t change the basis for transport need assessments, but it gives further insights into the safety perspective of the discussion.

ViaSmart the leading road safety assessment tool

Over 150 Finnish municipalities and governmental authorities use ViaSmart to assess road safety and estimate the need for school transportation.