Pope Francis Picks up a Smart e-Bike, or: Quickly, Robin! To the Pope-cycle!

Pope Frances the 2 Wheeled

Pope Francis seems like a generally nice guy. He’s got this professorial sort of smile that, regardless of how you feel about the Church and its policies, makes you want to like him. Perhaps in a bid to further distance himself from the previous pope’s legal troubles and general dislikability of Pope Benedict XVI, Francis has taken the generally likable step of riding around the Vatican on an electric Pope-cycle bicycle.

I know, I know – this is little more than a PR move by Mercedes-Benz to pimp its electric Smart cars and two-wheelers. That said, how much fun is it to say “Pope-cycle”? This first “Papabici” (as our Latin friends might say) was hand-delivered by the Daimler-Benz chairman Dieter Zetsche on his visit to Rome, and “as a symbol of Daimler Group’s commitment to sustainable mobility.”

Pope Francis will, reportedly, use the bike to tour St. Peter’s square on occasions when the (also Mercedes-provided) Pope-mobile is inappropriate. You can check out a few pictures of Pope Francis with his Pope-cycle, below, and check out our original article on the Smart ED electric bicycle for more about Pope Francis’ new bike.


Source | Photos: Omni, via Motorpasion.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.