Throwback Thursday: Pool it!

By John LaBarbera / ADOT Communications

Pool it, Share the ride, KangarooToday’s Throwback Thursday entry takes us to the Phoenix Zoo with a message that resonates even today.

Here we see a kangaroo, proudly presenting a sign encouraging the practice of carpooling.

“Share the Ride!” implores the sign, which feature a happy mother kangaroo toting four delightful joeys in her pouch. The sign is punctuated at the bottom, telling motorists to “Pool it!”

As a side note, a female kangaroo is only able to hold up to two joeys in her pouch at once, and only if one is significantly smaller than the other one. Though, we suppose presenting a zoologically accurate portrait would greatly diminish the message.

While we found this picture undated in our archives, our spidey-sense gives us an estimate of late ‘60s or early ‘70s. Even today, five decades later, there are plenty of benefits to carpooling. For one, it greatly reduces personal expenses when it comes to travel; things like fuel and maintenance costs.

Sick of traffic jams? Carpooling could very well be the answer. More people carpooling means fewer cars on the road. Plus, carpools have HOV lanes during key commute times in the mornings and afternoons. You can’t beat that!

So when it’s time for you to plan your next automobile journey, take a hint from a cartoon kangaroo and her babies: Share the ride! Pool it!