Plainer is Safer?

Streetsblog is reporting that after removing railings and signage, the Kensington High Street in London is now twice as safe.

Does this operate along the same theory as removing traffic control devices to make drivers pay attention? If we make pedestrian feel less protected, do they pay more attention? How far do we go (I note that the median refuge has been retained)?

Would Interstate Ave be safer without all those railings around the MAX stops?

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