We all know the pecking order on trails. But... If a hiker yields to a rider who accepts that RoW, what then? Maybe it’s all amiable. But is it? Some peds we encountered on the trail yesterday seemed surprised (in a good way) to have their RoW. Whether or not they yielded in advance to us. Some stated how riders generally don’t give it, and offered thanks. One group started talking about how the “real” mountain bikers conduct themselves on the trail or something like that. Who knows how many did not vocalize their positive sentiment. We could have barreled through and gotten our ride done sooner. We saw plenty of other riders doing it. But I know for sure that by not doing that, we gave some hikers pause in painting MTBers as an inconsiderate group. Ruin your flow, haha. Having bikes shut out of a trail will certainly do that. Be nice to hikers. How would you feel if you had the RoW but had to constantly yield to scores of riders because you’re not assertive enough to force your hand and stand in the middle of the effing trail as riders approach? Sounds like it would make a hike less fun, and as a sometimes-hiker, I believe it does. After yesterday’s ride we realized that we can, with shockingly little effort, alter hikers’ perception of our user group. And it doesn’t ruin a ride, it makes the ride something different. It makes it a chance to either share or be selfish. Thanks and TIA for doing the right thing.