Parents.Suppose that's true for the vast majority of kids. What's your plan for getting them trained up in sufficient numbers?
If you don't want your kid to die, you teach them not to walk in front of a bus. This is just an extension of the same. I mean... parents teach kids stuff just to ride a bike. Like don't ride in front of a bus etc.
This doesn't need to be a government program.
I'm not one of those per the above. The Rad bike in question is a marginal design and poorly equipped for safety.Invoking parental responsibility at every opportunity is an industry tactic to evade any accountability or regulation.
But I think the threat of legal liability - that I hope sticks here - is going to take care of this, by and large, industrywide. Regulation will be a player but likely a minor one. Things like frame angles, wheel quality and brake capacity don't goose politicians' desires to showboat in front of reporters as much as batteries do. And since this is not the EU, we are never going to go the route of Type Approval which is their solution. That level of government intrusion is not acceptable to our culture.
There is no way to force people to buy smart - witness the incredibly foolish purchases of cheap batteries from unaccountable foreign sellers. But what we lack now and I think what we will get after episodes like this is a value-oriented product channel that for reasons of self-preservation is not doing absolutely stupid things like using mechanical brakes on a bike meant to carry two people. Look at the budget cargo bikes that have just been released by Aventon and Lectric. Both have hydros out of the gate (same with the Lectric trike, and Lectric has if anything made low cost integral to their reputation). No fanfare but a concrete bit of progress that I think will become default action by vendors based in a country where they can be reached with the civil legal system.