Mick F wrote:LollyKat wrote:Climate - Amsterdam is 1109 mm (43.7 in) drier than Glasgow, with an average annual precipitation of 766 mm / 30.2 in compared to Glasgow's 1109 mm / 43.7 in) (Source ClimaTemps.com). I think the rain does put some people off - I admit that since retiring I am less inclined to go out in a downpour unless I really have to.
Hills - Glasgow's not that hilly but it is certainly not as flat as most of the Netherlands.
None of these three reasons really stands up to scrutiny, but it is all about perception, and a lot (most?) of people think they are valid reasons not to cycle. Not unique to Scotland, of course.
............... and not unique to most places in UK.
I've cycle commuted in Glasgow and in the West of Scotland.
I know about the damp and the (few) hills.
Try it down in Cornwall. We have damp and far more hills than Scotland, but I know full well that it puts most folk off cycling here. Glasgow has it easy but I know what you mean.
I live in Holland, Lincolnshire. It is drier than the Netherlands, and just as flat.
Cycling levels are as low as most of Britain. In my youth many more cycled. It seems that what deters cycling is not just climate and relief.
Is it too late to "Stop der Kindermoord"?