By Alli Permann Special to the express CreekSpeak, Putah Creek Council’s six-month series of community talks about the nature, culture and history of our region, continues on June 17 with a presentation reimagining California’s transportation system. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. on June 17 held via the ZOOM virtual meeting platform. The talk entitled “Reducing Car Dependence” features insights from UC Davis Professor Susan Handy. Cars provide an unparalleled level of mobility but have negative financial, public health, environmental and social impacts. Reducing the need for driving in California would produce a range of household- and community-level benefits, including improved health and financial savings for households and the public sector. A less car-dependent society would also be more equitable for those with limited income or limited physical abilities who cannot drive. While it is not realistic in the foreseeable future for most Californians to live without their cars, it is possible to decrease car dependence. Doing so requires a shift away from a century-old prioritization of the goal of reducing vehicle delays over other important goals. Join Putah Creek Council to learn more about how reducing car dependence can help achieve sustainability in our urban areas and decrease environmental pollution. CreekSpeak events begin at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, held via Zoom. In order to attend a talk, participants must register on their website. A confirmation email will be sent that includes information to access the Zoom meeting on the day of the talk. These talks are free to Putah Creek Council members and open to the public. A $5 donation is requested (but not required) from those who have not yet joined the Council. More information about the 2021 CreekSpeak schedule is available at www.putahcreekcouncil.org/calendar, or by calling the Putah Creek Council office at 530-795-9000.