FIGURES detailing how many cyclists are using a new cycle lane have been questioned.

In a bid to government, Brighton and Hove City Council said 545 cyclists are using the Old Shoreham Road lane in Hove a day – up from 358.

Labour South Portslade councillor Les Hamilton said: “Although this seems like a high number, it is, in fact, very small and represents only two per cent of road traffic. In terms of the increase in cyclists, if you start with a very small number, any increase is going to look impressive and its significance overstated.”