Excellent discussion we have going here. I truly think everyone should ease up on Mr. Bond and realize he is honestly trying to gather constructive feedback and has bikers best interests at heart.
As far as ROW goes, it all comes down to common sense really. Hikers are not retarded and a lot of them are also bikers present or past. They know when it's appropriate to step aside or when to expect bikers to do the same. If we all just relaxed a little bit and realized that hikers and bikers do not represent diametrically opposed groups, but rather people who are both out to enjoy the great outdoors in their own ways, it would improve relations dramatically. Let's embrace hikers and welcome them to use our trails (and welcome them to visit our trail days, too ;))
Personally I have no problem with hikers using a trail that I have built/maintained with the primary purpose being to improve the riding experience. Horses and motocross is a another matter entirely and as previously stated not compatible with the vast majority of trails on the North Shore.
When building a trail it is important to consider the demographic of the users and work accordingly. The staircase that you spend a couple of days building to allow hikers to safely negotiate a steep section can make a great impression on hikers, as well as allow them an easy alternate path to take that will minimize or eliminate the need to worry about ROW.