Welcome to Sonoma Commute Rewards!

What is Sonoma Commute Rewards?

A reward program for any Sonoma County commuter to earn points for choosing sustainable alternative travel options for their commute to work or school. 

How to Earn Points

You can earn points that go toward a gift card of your choosing by using clean and active travel modes for your commute:

Teleworking: 10 points (full day)

Ridesharing (Carpool/Vanpool): 10 points (one-way)

Active Transportation (Walking, Biking, E-Scooters): 10 points 

(one-way)

Public Transit (Rail, Bus, Ferry): 10 points (one-way)

Join for Free

It's fast, simple, and straight-forward

Plan Travel

Enter your origin and destination point(s) to find the best match

Log Your Trips

After your trip, remember to record it

Earn Rewards

Each recorded trip earns points that unlock various rewards.

Sonoma Commute Reward Program Points (2024):

💰 $10 Reward – 200 points (20 trips | 10 days) max 1/year

💰 $25 Reward – 500 points (50 trips | 25 days) max 2/year

💰 $50 Reward – 800 points (80 trips | 40 days) max 4/year

*save your points for a larger reward!*

*points do not rollover year to year*

Monthly Drawing:

Every month you log four or more clean commute trips you will be automatically entered into a drawing for one of four $25 gift cards

Already a seasoned commuter or just curious? Enter your commute below to get started!

Note: When a user requests a gift card reward, the user’s trip log and account must be reviewed and verified. Depending on what is found, a request may be either approved or denied. A request for a gift card reward is not a guarantee for a gift card reward. Lastly, if a request is approved, it is granted on a weekly basis, not a daily basis so allow 3-5 business days for approval. 

*Users may earn up to 10 points per trip and a max of 20 points per day

**Must log trips by the last day of each month

***As long as funding is available

How to Get Started

Learn how to sign up for your Sonoma Commute Rewards account and start logging trips.

Signing Up for Sonoma Commute Rewards  

Getting started is easy! First, you’ll need to sign up for a Sonoma Commute Rewards account: 

  1. Go to  sonoma.rideamigos.com 
  2. Click the “Register to Join” button. 
  3. On the next few screens, you’ll be prompted to enter your name, email address, and home and work address. 
  4. When you get to the “Search Networks” step, select the “Sonoma Commute” network.*
  5. Let us know who you referred you to help them earn even more rewards! 
  6. You’re all set up! Now you can start logging your trips and earning rewards through the web platform, or download the Commute Tracker app to make logging your trips even easier!
 
*Note: If you want to join an additional network, such as an employer network or the Merge Bay Area carpooling network, you can search and join those networks during this step. 

How to Log in Trips

The Sonoma Commute Rewards program offers several convenient methods for logging trips:

Log Trips via your Browser
  1. After logging in to your account, go to your Dashboard and scroll down to the “Log Your Trips” tool. 
  2. Use the calendar tool to select the dates of your trips. Today’s date will be selected by default, but you can also log trips from up to two weeks in the past. 
  3. Use the drop-down menu and choose between entering a new origin and destination or one of your saved Favorite Trips. 
  4. Confirm the details about your trip. If your trip is one-way, select “No Return Trip” below the time field. 
  5. Click the green “Log Trips” button. 

Log Trips via the Commute Tracking App

Download the Commute Tracker app

Available on The App Store and Google Play (see below)

  1. From your desktop or mobile browser, log in to your Sonoma Commutes Rewards account 
  2. In the upper right hand corner you should see your name, click on it then click “Edit Profile.”
  3. On the left hand side panel, click  the “Connected Apps” tab. In this tab, you will see a PIN code for Commute Tracker.
  4. Open the Commute Tracker app and tap through the blue buttons until prompted to enter your PIN code. Fill out the requested details.
  5. Now you’re connected!
 
Note: 
  • The Commute Tracker app will automatically detect your trips using your smartphone’s GPS. To log your trips just press the blue “Confirm” button to earn credit towards rewards! You can also Review or Confirm your trips from the “Commutes” section of the app. 
  • If you want to disable trip detection, tap ‘Tracking Enabled’ at the top of your Dashboard to switch to ‘Tracking Paused’. 
 

Log Trips via Third Party Apps

Several third-party apps can be connected to your Sonoma Commute Rewards account. Once connected, trips made through an eligible app are automatically logged and counted towards your rewards! 

The most popular sync apps are:

  • Strava – Fitness tracker for bicyclists and runners 
  • Waze Carpool – Ride-match app for carpooling 

 

To manage your connected apps: 

  1. From your profile settings, tap on “Connected Apps.” 
  2. Click the blue “Manage my Connected Apps” button. Apps eligible for connecting are listed here. If you haven’t already, install the app you would like to connect onto your smartphone. 
  3. Select the app you would like to connect. Follow the instructions to complete the connection process.

How to Save Commutes

Program Rules

Incentives are available while funds last. 

Participation and trip eligibility:

  • Anyone that is at least 18 years of age that travels to, from, or within Sonoma County is eligible to participate. 
  • If a trip does not either start or end in Sonoma County, that trip is not eligible. 
  • Remote workers must either reside in Sonoma County or have a primary work location in Sonoma County. 
  • Drive-alone trips are not eligible for earning trip credit or points. To earn trip credits or points, an alternative mode must be used, such as carpool, vanpool, train, public bus, ferry, bike, walking, or working remotely. If you have a question about whether a trip is eligible, contact us at GoSonoma@scta.ca.gov.
  • Participants cannot count sick days, vacation days, PTO days, etc. as telecommute trips. 

 

Reward limits and IRS requirements 

  • Participants are limited to winning prizes valued at no more than $500 during a calendar year. If a participant meets that threshold, their eligibility will be reinstated once a new calendar year begins. Winners are responsible for any IRS reporting requirements and/or taxes related to prizes and incentives provided by Sonoma Commutes Rewards. 

 

Terms of Eligibility, Publicity Release, and Liability Waiver 

 

Email Communication 

  • Email addresses provided by participants during the sign-up process will be added to the Sonoma Commute Rewards electronic newsletter distribution list. By participating in this program, you are agreeing to receive emails about the Sonoma Commute Rewards program and other GoSonoma programs and services. 

FAQs

Who can I contact if I need help or have questions about the program? 

 

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