There are 400 cars, lorries and vans for every cyclist using some green roads in cities around Britain, a Sunday Telegraph investigation has found. Analysis of eight new cycle-friendly routes introduced to promote more active forms of travel revealed few cyclists were using them compared with other vehicles during the morning and afternoon rush hour last week. The investigation has prompted questions about whether the £250 million so-called "green transport revolution" introduced by Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, intended to promote cycling and walking, is changing patterns of transport behaviour. The research shows that on some routes where cycle lanes have taken up carriageways previously used by cars they may actually contribute to more congestion and pollution as traffic jams build up, meaning some motorists may have taken longer to reach their destinations. Traffic counts were conducted in Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Gloucester, Hull, Liverpool and Southampton on either Thursday and Friday. The types of vehicles passing a single point were totted up to produce the most in-depth picture of how new cycle lanes were operating over two and a half hours for rush hours. The locations were chosen because there was no heavy rain or winds or freezing conditions which could have deterred cyclists from taking to the roads. Because the count was conducted during lockdown the real figures could soar when people are due to work once all restrictions are lifted.