The new mayor set sustainable travel as a civic goal during his first official engagement.

Brighton and Hove Mayor Cllr Mohammed Asaduzzaman made his pledge at the opening of a bike marking event at the Amex stadium in Falmer on Tuesday.

The bike marking and registration was organised by the Southeast Communities Rail Partnership to highlight active and sustainable travel projects.

The Argus: Cllr Asaduzzaman with the bike marking team Cllr Asaduzzaman with the bike marking team (Image: South East Community Rail Partnership)

Cllr Asaduzzaman said: “It’s a privilege to be here to support your sustainable travel initiative.

"This is my first engagement this morning - I cannot miss it. We all will be working together to make sure in our city as a whole we are promoting sustainable travel for every single transport policy.”

More than 20 cyclists from the area as well as students and staff from the universities of Sussex and Brighton had their bikes marked and registered on the day.

The details are added to a national database promoted by the Bike Register national database and supported by all police services.

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The event was part of Community Rail Week, which showcases the innovative projects and initiatives from across the community rail movement around the theme of ‘More Than A Railway’.

Jools Townsend, chief executive of Community Rail Network, said: “Community rail partnerships and thousands of ‘station friends’ volunteers the length and breadth of Britain are mobilising en masse, engaging local people and partners to raise awareness about sustainable travel by rail, and get people enthused about its many benefits.

“Community Rail Week is about bringing people together around the theme of ‘More Than A Railway’.

"Community rail has an inspiring track record of promoting travel confidence and broadening mobility horizons, sometimes with life-changing effects, while giving communities a voice on transport, and putting railways and stations at the heart of community life.”

Cllr Asaduzzaman was unanimously elected as mayor last week, becoming the city's first ever South Asian Muslim mayor.