Green councillors in Bern mistakenly pressed the green button not the red one when issue

A campaign to get more people cycling in the Swiss capital, Bern, will have less than half the funding that was anticipated after city councillors pressed the wrong button to vote through the budget for it.

Councillors voted yesterday on how much money to allocate to a three-year campaign called ‘Cycling is Cool’ due to be launched in the new year.

With most councillors backing the campaign, which aims to get more people cycling in the city, it was expected that the approval of a 750,000 Swiss Franc (£573,000) budget would be a formality.

Or it would have been, had confusion not intervened, reports 20minutes.ch.

Patrick Wyss revealed that he had pressed the wrong button in the chamber’s electronic voting system.

To compound his mistake, ensured that his fellow councillors in Green Free List party made the same error.

They should have pressed the green button, but instead pressed the red one – meaning that there was not the necessary majority to approve the full funding.

Instead, the initiative will receive a grant of 350,000 Swiss Francs (£267,000) for the three-year period – or 46.7 per cent of what was expected.

“I misunderstood the president of the council and thought the vote was for a different motion,” Wyss said.

 Once he became aware of his error, he asked for the vote to be held again, but the president of the council declined to agree to his request, saying it had been lodged too late.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.