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Pro-bicycle activist Brian Kraft, a longtime warrior in the battle over congestion in Adams-Morgan, has come up with a specific, practical answer: pedicabs, four of which he recently brought to D.C. from Colorado. The pedal-powered cabs went into service last week, shuttling people to Adams Morgan from Woodley Park hotels and carrying them throughout the city. “We’re the only transportation company in the city that can take people past the White House,” notes Kraft. Currently, his four cabs and 10 pedalers hit the streets on weekends and weekday evenings, but Kraft expects to expand those hours as he gets more operators and, possibly, more cabs. “It seemed like the kind of thing the city really needed,” he says. “To sort of enliven the streets.” If it also makes a small contribution to reducing traffic and pollution, that’s fine too. “I see it as a business,” Kraft explains, “but I wouldn’t get into a business if I didn’t believe in it.”