18 Wednesday, 9 September 2009 London Lite BORIS JOHNSONS flagship cycle hire scheme was shot down on his doorstep after Islington council rejected plans for a bike docking station in his own street. It came after 15 of the Mayors neigh- bours opposed Transport for Londons application for 35 automated bike racks on Colebrooke Row. Though planning officials had recom- mended it be approved, councillors rejected it at a meeting last night as a rotten proposition. Residents had complained the racks could lead to increased noise and crime and would not be in keeping with the Georgian street where Mr Johnson and wife Marina have a 2.3m townhouse. The decision is a huge blow to TfL after seven other applications were also refused in the borough. It leaves gaping holes in the cycle hire network, the planning committee heard. The Mayor, a keen cyclist, who along with Kelly Brook yesterday launched Skyride, Londons biggest ever mass participation cycle event, was looking to emulate the success of Pariss Vlib rent-a-bikes. The scheme would see 6,000 bicycles avail- able for hire for short journeys in central London, paid for by smart cards. TfL wants 10,200 cycle racks at 400 docking stations, most just 300 yards apart. So far just over 200 have received planning permission. THIRTY Londoners swapped their usual commute to cycle from the London Eye to the Eiffel Tower on folding bikes today. They will pedal 240 miles in four days to the finish line under the Parisian landmark on Saturday to raise money for charities Scope and the British Heart Foundation. TWO Chinese gangsters who carried out terrifying raids on homes across the country were jailed indefinitely at Southwark Crown Court. Jia Chen, 23, and Wen Huang, 24, of Harrow, preyed on their fellow countrymen, bursting into homes and demanding cash. They threatened victims with machetes and knives before blindfolding and gagging them. The pair admitted false imprisonment and blackmail when they lured a Chinese visitor to a flat in Rayners Lane. by mark blundenSaddle up: Johnson and Kelly Brook at the launch of Skyride yesterday *Selected concessions may not be participating. Offer ends Saturday 12 September 2009. Debenhams Retail PLC. FASHIONS NIGHT OUT 10 SEPTEMBER 2009 LONDON A global VOGUE celebration of fashion OXFORD STREET Join us to celebrate Londons Fashion Night Out. Enjoy live entertainment and free cocktails whilst you discover the latest collections from Designers at Debenhams. Plus dont miss up to 25% off* all departments! 6pm and 9pm LIVE music performance by and JAZZ TRIO 7.15pm and 9pm LIVE flairing shows by the BAR WIZARDS LIVE with TV Stylist MARK HEYES 6.30pm and 8pm PLUS meet special guest BEN DE LISI 7pm FASHION SHOW RICHARD SHELTON Jokebox......... It says C U L8R M8 Home away One weekend, twO places, yOur cHOice & Why: Wales capital has experienced regeneration in recent years and the citys promising future compliments its historical past. Where to stay: Voted one of 25 coolest hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveller, The Big Sleep (thebigsleephotel.com) is in the heart of Cardiff. It matches individuality with great value. Budget rooms from 45 a night. How to get there: An off-peak return to Cardiff with First Great Western (fgwtickets.co.uk) costs 61 and takes about two hours. Where to eat: Woods Brasserie (woods-brasserie.com) boasts an all-glass dinning area overlooking Cardiff Bay and offers a mixture of classic British and European dishes. What to do: Visit the Wales Millennium Centre (wmc.org.uk), a lively performing arts centre offering something for everyone. More information: visitcardiff.com Cool Cardiff Why: Munich is the bustling capital city of Bavaria, a region fiercely proud of its heritage. Where to stay: The Hotel Uhland (hotel-uhland.de) sits in a landmark building and is decorated in an Art Nouveau style. Double rooms priced from 70 a night including breakfast. How to get there: Lufthansa (lufthansa.com) flies from Heathrow to Munich in about two hours. Return flights cost about 200. Where to eat: The Hofbruhaus epitomises the arm-in-arm, beer drinking and singing beer hall. Munich sausage salad with onions and bread: 5.80. What to do: In October, Munich hosts the worlds largest beer festival. You can also visit Linderhof Palace, sail down the beautiful Isar in a traditional wooden raft or visit the BMW Museum. More information: munich-tourist.de kelly armstrong Historic Munich on your bikeBorisCouncilsnubscycle-hirerack inMayorsIslingtonstreet Chinese machete men jailed Sacr bleu! Fold-up cyclists ride to Paris index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html